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Argentina buys 16 Mirage F 1 from Spain; half have air-refuelling capacity

Tuesday, October 1st 2013 - 03:55 UTC
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The F-1 has been in service with the Spanish air force for 22 years The F-1 has been in service with the Spanish air force for 22 years

Argentina has confirmed the purchase of 16 second hand Mirage F-1 decommissioned from the Spanish Air force in an operation valued at 170 million Euros. The expenditure is contemplated in the 2014 budget bill approved in the Lower House and which awaits debate in the Senate.

“The Argentine Air Force anticipates the incorporation of the Mirage F-1, which will replace the Mirage III in process of decommissioning” reads page 115 of the budget bill. The revelation is not new, Defence minister Agustin Rossi had announced in August that “we are working with the government of Spain” on the possible purchase of aircraft but did not provide further details.

After 22 years in service, the Mirages were decommissioned by the Spanish Air Force at the airbase of Los Llanos in Albacete during a ceremony last June. They had been refurbished in the nineties with improved avionics and firing capacity.

Apparently the Mirage F-1 has a last generation laser inertial system which ensures autonomous navigation of great precision with a GPS and a computer that optimizes besides navigation, the targeting system.

They have a maximum speed of 1.320 kilometres and flight autonomy of 500 miles and of the 16 eight have air fuelling capacity from a Hercules C130, according to the Spanish Air Force.

The Spanish air force is replacing its ageing Mirage with Euro-fighter Typhoons.

The Argentine air force currently has an estimated 25 Mirage 5 and Mirage III with over thirty years in service, some of them fought in the South Atlantic conflict with Britain in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. However according to Argentine sources the aircraft are virtually out of use because of lack of spares and an adequate maintenance.

The F1 is described as a fighter bomber of third generation, designed and constructed by Dassault Aviation and became operational in France at the beginning of the seventies. It was exported to over a dozen countries and including Morocco and Jordan, and over 700 of them have been built.

So far besides the budget confirmation there is no further news, or even when the F-1 will be arriving in Argentina, most probably for the Tandil air base Likewise pilots and technical teams will have to be trained for the incorporations.

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  • golfcronie

    Got to give her credit, never fails to amuse me.
    She will be buying Galleons next, We have some muskets in the museum that she could buy.

    Oct 01st, 2013 - 05:07 am +1
  • Boovis

    Good luck with that, only one c130 to refuel, that'll be taken out first leaving you with zero air power, and don't talk to us about colonialism while spaniards are still holding south america against the will of the indigenous population, hypocrite.

    Oct 01st, 2013 - 05:27 am +1
  • Boovis

    I said spaniards, not the spanish government. Placing a population in a place already populated by someone and declaring independence does not legitamise the crime. There was no indigeinous population in the falklands, south america however was populated by various tribes and peoples on whose blood you choose to operate your corrupt regimes. It's a shame that generations of brainwashing have convinced you of the “nobility” of your cause.

    Oct 01st, 2013 - 05:33 am +1
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