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On October 21, 2004 the author visited LAHAV division of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv to learn more about current upgrade programmes - first of all about the MiG-21 2000.

A former Polish MiG-21bis in the upgrade hall. This aircraft was delivered to Uganda in late 2004.


Since last year IAI also offers a comprehensive upgrade of MiG-21UM twin-seaters.


Several former Polish MiG-21bis are in different stages of completion.


Also to be seen in the hall were the prototype of the Mi-8/17 upgrade programme Peak 17 ...


... several Kfir and ...


... A-4s overhauled and upgraded for both military and civil customers ...


... as well as one of the prototypes of the Lavi project cancelled a few years before.

The author thanks Ms. Ilana Sternfeld and Mr. Harel Cohen for an interesting look inside the upgrade activities of IAI.