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Israeli F-16 fighters could become “attacker” aircraft for the United States Air Force

The Israeli Defense Ministry is negotiating with the Canadian company Top Aces for the sale of a total of 29 F-16A / B Netz (Falcon) fighter-bombers from quarantine, which were decommissioned by the Israel Aerospace Force in December 2016.

According to the Israeli media Globe, the Directorate for International Defense Cooperation (Sibat) would negotiate the sale of the Top Aces fighters built by General Dynamics in the late 1970s and early 1980s at a price between $ 3 million and $ 4 million house one. Negotiations are well advanced as the company has already announced the next expansion of the fleet to include the F-16.

Top Aces, based in Montreal (Canada), is one of the largest defense companies in the aviation sector and specializes in the acquisition of used fighter aircraft for training exercises such as “Enemy aircraft on site? In this case the F-16s could act as” aggressor “aircraft Serving the United States Air Force or the USAF, with which Top Aces signed a contract last year, the company also provides high-quality air-to-air combat training capabilities similar to those of the Canadian, German and Australian Air Forces. This contractor operates a fleet of A-4 Skyhawk and Breguet / Dornier Apha Jet, which have completed more than 80,000 hours of training around the world.

The fleet of F-16s that Top Aces may acquire has an impressive battle record in the ranks of the Israel Defense Force (IDF). As soon as its deliveries began, one of the nets shot down a Syrian helicopter with its 20mm cannon on April 28, 1981. More Syrian aircraft victories soon followed, although their climax was their participation in the first Lebanon War in 1982. There these F-16s consolidated the Israeli victory in the first phase of this conflict and shot down a total of 82 MiG fighter-bombers. 21 and Soviet MiG-23s over the Lebanese Bekaa Valley.

Although previously, as later became known, eight of these aircraft, accompanied by six IDF F-15s, destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak on June 7, 1981, where the dictator Saddam Hussein was developing his nuclear weapons program. From then until 2007, the nets were at the forefront, although they were already giving way to more modern models such as the Lockheed Martin F-16I Soufa (Sturm) and the F-15I Ra’am (Donner) 5th generation F-35I fighters Adir. (Julio Maíz Sanz).

Photo: One of the IDF F-16As that may contain top aces. (Photo Julio Maíz / )

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