Books: Who shot down the Lavi?

Moshe Arens takes a close look at John Golan’s book on the controversial fighter jet.

March 3, 2016 11:46
IAI workers

Proud IAI workers crowd around the Lavi after the rollout ceremony at the Israel Aircraft Industries complex in Lod in 1986. (photo credit: NATI HARNIK/GPO)


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On August 30, 1987, the Israeli government – by a vote of 12-11 – decided to cancel the Lavi fighter aircraft project.

The Lavi was the best fighter aircraft in the world at the time, the result of the work of thousands of engineers, scientists and technicians at Israel Aircraft Industries and at many other plants around the country, a source of pride for most Israelis. Two prototypes were already in flight test when the decision was made.


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