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Israel Aircraft Industries Nesher / Dagger


When the French government placed an embargo on export of strategic items to Israel in 1967, including a batch of 50 Mirage 5 fighter/attack aircraft built to Israel's specification and already paid for, the Israeli government realized it had to seek self-sufficiency in combat aircraft. As a first step it authorized Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), whose headquarters were at Lod airport, to build a close copy of the Mirage but with IAI and other locally produced equipment and electronics. The first Nesher (Eagle) flew in September 1969.


IAI built 61 Nesher / Daggers, with 51 single-seaters and 10 two-seat Nesher-Ts.

 


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