|Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 3):|
Hmmn, the plot thickens. Maybe the French bid was rejected because they were also trying to make a deal with Venezuela?
Colombia has hard time getting new french weapons due to Human Rights issues.
When it starts snowing in hell.
Colombia has asked for F-16's several times but, believe it or not, the US flipped them off.
Why?. Depends on who you ask. Some say political reasons, others say that Colombia wanted new-builts Block 50 at way-to-cheap prices, etc.
Though this purchase was made because of a lack of funds to buy anything better. Of any origin.
|Quoting Lumberton (Reply 5):|
Then there's the fact that many Columbian pilots are already qualified to fly the Kfir.
Considering that this would actually be the first colombian fighter equiped with an actual pulse-doppler radar, among other new capabilities they never had before. It won't be as easy.
AKeep in mind that Colombia hasn't even gotten their first Turbofan-equipped jet, and that they got their first AAM's ever in 1997, in the shape of Python 3's.