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    63 Mirage F1 sold to the US

    https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.b...mirage-f1.html

    France should sell 64 old Mirage F1 aircraft to one of two US service companies, Draken International or Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)

    It was on the desk of Minister of Armies Sylvie Goulard, rather at the top of the pile. After his departure from the Hotel de Brienne, the record of the sale of 64 Mirage F1 will await the new minister Florence Parly. It will have to choose to sell Mirage F1 retired from service in France in 2014 to two US companies Draken International or Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), according to our information. The contract would be valued at 25 million euros, La Tribune said.

    Both companies are very interested in the Dassault Aviation combat aircraft (720 aircraft sold), which was put into service in 1973 and whose stocks are kept under cocoon at the Châteaudun air base. Draken International's offer appears to be more industrially interesting for European SMEs. For the return to service of the aircraft, Draken International would rely in particular on Sabca, the Belgian subsidiary of Dassault Aviation specializing in the modernization of military aircraft, and the French SME Secamic present in the maintenance of second-hand aircraft.

    A fleet of 80 combat aircraft

    Draken, which already has a fleet of 80 combat aircraft, and ATAC are proposing to the Air Force (USAF) and the Navy (US Navy) combat aircraft for the training of fighter pilots (tactical , Threat simulation, soutien tactique air-sol, ravitaillement air-air...). The last French Mirage F1 were retired from active service on June 13, 2014 and made their last flight at the ceremony of July 14, 2014. They are now replaced by the Mirage 2000 and Rafale.

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    http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-...ac-743632.html

    La France a vendu 63 vieux Mirage F1 à la société de services américaine Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC). Le contrat est estimé à 21 millions d'euros.

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    Interesting- pretty large number of aircraft (larger than many Air Forces!). Argentina might have missed their chance....cash talks.

    Assume these would replace the Kfirs and Hunters with ATAC and/or the A-4 Skyhawks with Draken.

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    Argentina might have missed their chance....cash talks.
    If those articles are correct, asking price was about 300 000 euros per aircraft. If Argentina can't afford that, they can't afford anything.
    I wonder, though, if the Mirage F1 is really as suitable for adversary role? Sure French Mirages were modernized somewhat, but avionics set is still very old even compared to KAHU Skyhawks.
    I would think that SEM was more suitable for private operators, though the airframes are probably out of flying hours.

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    I wonder, though, if the Mirage F1 is really as suitable for adversary role? Sure French Mirages were modernized somewhat, but avionics set is still very old even compared to KAHU Skyhawks.
    Well the Mirage F1 is a mach 2 fighter an that can be interesting for agressors. It can also receive modern avionics upgrades like the MF2000 MLU

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    Mach 2 isn't very high on the list for adversary operators...they seem to want simple and small-ish aircraft with modern subsystems installed. Mirage F1 is relatively small, sure, but probably not very fuel economical and radar set is very old. Can French Mirages carry attack pods?

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    If they're fit for adversary role, they're fit to be used in Africa instead of wasting Rafale airframe life.

    But what do I know?

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