France close to selling 64 Mirage F1 ... in the United States
By Michel Cabirol | 22/06/2017, 6:56
France should sell 64 old Mirage F1 aircraft to one of two US service companies, Draken International or Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
t 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.
ATAC website: Here
Draken International: Here