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    Israel's home-made fighter aircraft went on public display for the first time on Monday (14 April).

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    Israel's home-made fighter aircraft went on public display for the first time on Monday (14 April).

    The 'Kfir's, or Lion Cub, as it is known is based on the design of the French Mirage and has the jet engine of an American Phantom.

    Foreign military experts, who went to the public display at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, said the new fighter appeared to be more compact than a Mirage and was powered by a stronger engine, a General Electric J.79.

    Israeli pilots said it was in a class with the Phantom and the Soviet MIG 21.

    Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres, said one fighter cost about 1-million 660,000 pounds (4 million U.S. dollars) to produce, which makes it one of the cheapest fighters in the world.

    He said it was also one of the best in the world with improvements on the French design, conceived from Israeli pilots' experience in battle.

    The single-seater 'plane is capable of flying at two point two times the speed of sound and is designed for aerial or air-to-ground combat.

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    Group:
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    Issue Date:
    15/04/1975
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    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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