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Austrians Due in Israel to Discuss Possible Purchase of 24 Kfir Jets

Austrian Defense Minister Karl Ferdinand von Leutgendorf will lead a delegation of Austrian air force experts to Israel next Monday to discuss the possible purchase of 24 Israeli-made Kfir jet interceptors. The Austrians will be flown from Vienna in an Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind piloted by Danny Shapiro, IAI’s chief test pilot. Austrian test pilots have already tried out the Kfir at the IAI field. But both IAI and Austrian sources deny that the Austrian Defense Minister is coming to Israel to sign the agreement for the purchase.