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Argentina confirmed the purchase in Spain of 16 fighters "Mirage" F.1M

Argentina confirmed the purchase in Spain of 16 fighters "Mirage" F.1M

Argentina confirmed the purchase of the F.16 Mirage fighters from the Spanish Air Force in 1. Funding for the program, estimated at 170 million euros, is included in the draft budget for the 2014 year.

According to Merko Press, the draft budget was approved by the lower house of the country's parliament and submitted to the Senate for consideration. Mirage fighters F.1 will replace the Mirage-5 and Mirage-3 aircraft in the Argentine Air Force.

The country's defense minister, Agustin Rossi, was the first to announce negotiations with the Spanish government on the purchase of F.1M Mirage fighters in early August of this year.

The Spanish Air Force dismantled the last Mirage fighter-bombers F.1M in June of this year after 38 years of operation. The decommissioning of the last 18 of the 90 aircraft used was marked by an open-door day at the Albacete air base, where the 18-wing was deployed. In 1990's the aircraft were upgraded (single 51 and double 4), including the provision of advanced avionics and the possibility of using a larger list of weapons.

The Argentine Air Force currently has about MiN-25 and Mirage-5 3 fighters, which have a lifespan of more than 30 years. According to Argentine sources, the aircraft are not actually operated due to lack of spare parts and qualified service.

The Mirage F.1, developed by Dassault Aviation and adopted by the French Air Force at the beginning of the 1970, is positioned as a third-generation fighter-bomber. It has been acquired by more than 10 countries, including Morocco and Jordan. In total, more than 700 aircraft were produced.

Details of the sale were not disclosed. Presumably, the aircraft will be placed at the airbase "Tandil". Spain will also prepare Argentine personnel, supply spare parts and simulators.
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  1. Alikovo
    Alikovo 4 October 2013 14: 06
    them that new buy unbearable.
    1. xetai9977
      xetai9977 4 October 2013 14: 09
      This is what the crisis with countries is doing.
      1. Walking
        Walking 4 October 2013 17: 18
        No new money.
    2. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 5 October 2013 05: 46
      We would invite us, since there are no planes of ours, we would be nice to settle in, our base is not enough there smile(don't throw your slippers, I'm joking ...)
  2. air wolf
    air wolf 4 October 2013 14: 10
    It would be cheaper to buy a MiG-21M, they catch up with the capabilities of the F-16.
  3. alone
    alone 4 October 2013 14: 11
    and who needs this old junk? Argentina with these planes decided to frighten Britain over the Falkland Islands? Could you buy something normal. Mirages, especially F1 is not relevant
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 4 October 2013 17: 13
      Quote: lonely
      and who needs this old junk? argentina decides to frighten Britain over these Falkland Islands with these planes

      Argentina traditionally buys French weapons and successfully shaves Britain. The Mirage fighter being purchased has a top speed of 1320 mph (2330 km / h) and a combat radius of 500 mph (800 km), which will allow them to be used for strikes on the Falkland Islands. The Chief Minister of the Government of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, stated that "Spain has always supported Argentina's claims to the Falkland Islands

      UK Department of Defense says Falklands have “adequate protection” in the form of two Eurofighter Typhoon fighters deployed on the islands

      Pictured is the Spanish Mirage F.1
  4. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 4 October 2013 14: 13
    10 March 2013 year in Argentina was distributed a report on the combat readiness of the country's air force. It was prepared by MP J. Martinez. According to the information provided in the document, only 16% of the strength of the Argentine Air Force fleet can be considered combat ready. For comparison, this figure is 50% for the Brazilian and Chilean air forces (Argentina itself achieved it in 2001-2003 years), and 75% for the US and France air forces. In 2005-2010, the level of combat readiness of the country's air force reached 30%. It is noted that the prevailing indicators with the serviceability of the park are the worst since the Falkland War with Great Britain in the 1982 year.
    The report also provides additional information about the accident rate of the park. So, the most recent disaster occurred in February, when the Douglas A-4AR Skyhawk attack plane (tail number C-902) crashed as a result of an engine malfunction. This reduced the number of combat-ready aircraft of this type to four of the 36 previously purchased in the United States from the presence of the Marine Corps.
    According to the report, only 14 of 53 Dassault Mirage III fighters, 34 of 100 IA-58 Pucara attack aircraft, 34 of 90 Beech B-45 Mentor training aircraft, and 27 (from 30 purchased Embedded training aircraft) remain in service. -312A Tucano. In addition, the document says, reducing the number of serviceable aircraft adversely affects the preservation of the number of pilots in the Air Force.

    Crashed 14 February 2013 year attack aircraft Douglas A-4AR Skyhawk Argentine Air Force
    1. Russ69
      Russ69 4 October 2013 14: 31
      Quote: Kuznetsov 1977
      For comparison, this figure is 50% for the Brazilian and Chilean air forces (Argentina itself reached it in 2001-2003), and 75% for the US and France air forces.

      And according to our Air Force, what percentage of combat readiness?
  5. slavik_gross
    slavik_gross 4 October 2013 14: 30
    Yes, it’s hard for Argentina ... But we need to be glad that we are collecting new ones and modernizing old ones !!!
    1. MilaPhone
      MilaPhone 4 October 2013 15: 44
      Quote: slavik_gross
      And we need to be glad that we are collecting new ones and modernizing old ones !!!

      And what to rejoice? For us, this is taken for granted, the minimum norm. Given that we live in oil and gas, the first in space and have our own classic literature.
  6. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 4 October 2013 14: 54
    In my opinion, one of the most successful aircraft of the 3rd generation. And the most beautiful of them.
    Participated in many local conflicts:
    War in Western Sahara, Civil War in Angola, Ecuador-Peruvian Conflict, Chadian-Libyan Conflict, Iran-Iraq War, Gulf War, Turkish-Greek Conflict, Civil War in Libya.
    Podshamanit small, add modern electronics and is normal for Argentinean pilots who do not scare Union Jack.
  7. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 4 October 2013 15: 56
    This is no longer a fighter. This is a mirage ... :)
  8. clidon
    clidon 4 October 2013 16: 31
    Great car for its time. Spent and familiar to many pilots in Latin America.
  9. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 4 October 2013 16: 32
    Not the worst fighter ...
    According to one source, the Iraqi Mirages F1 won 35 air victories over the Iranian Air Force F-4, F-5E and F-14A, firing a total of about 100 Super R.530 missiles, with their own losses of 14 or at least 15 aircraft. According to other sources, the Iraqi Mirage F.1 won 19 air victories (9 F-4, 3 F-14, 3 F-5, 3 CH-47, and 1 EC-130), with the loss of 39 aircraft (35 shot down F -14 and 4 F-4). Moreover, once, on October 6, 1986, an Iranian on the F-14 "Tomcat" maneuvered F1EQ-5, driving it into the waters of the Persian Gulf. On September 14, 1983, two Turkish F-100 Super Sabers invaded Iraqi airspace. Mirage F1 fighters were raised to intercept, which shot down 530 intruder with Super R.1 missiles. According to other sources, Iraqi Mirage F.1 shot down two Super Sabers in January 1983.
    17 May 1987 year, the Iraqi "Mirage" attacked the American frigate "Stark", patrolling off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The frigate was badly damaged, 37 crew members were killed.

    Mirage F.1 Iraqi Air Force
    In Angola, the Mirage F.1 fighters of the South African Air Force repeatedly entered into air battles with Angolan and Cuban fighters, shooting down one MiG-1981 in 21 with cannons. In 1982, according to the South Africans, the Mirage missile R.550 Magik shot down the MiG-21, but in reality the Angolan MiG was damaged, but was able to reach the base. On December 5, 1985, the South African Mirages shot down the Angolan MiG-21 fighter and the An-26 transport aircraft. The Mirage F.1 had air supremacy in 1981-1985; everything changed when MiG-23ML fighters arrived from Cuba. In total, the Cubans claimed the downing of four “Mirages” F.1 in battles with the MiG-23ML, the loss of one South Africans confirmed. Mirages attacked MiG-23 with rockets and guns at least six times, in all cases Cuban pilots were able to dodge.

    Mirage F.1CZ South African Air Force
    On February 10, 1995, a pair of Ecuadorian Mirages and a pair of Kfirs made a combat mission against several targets in the area of ​​the disputed territory. In front of the war zone near the Ecuadorian Mirages F.1, the alarm about the exposure of enemy aircraft to radars, possibly Mirage 2000, was beeping. Despite the danger, Ecuadorians flew further. The radar of one of the Mirages detected two Peruvian Su-22s. Ecuadorians launched three Mazhik R550 missiles and shot down Peruvians. The radar irradiation warning station continued to squeak, Ecuadorians descended to the jungle level, accelerated to supersonic speed and broke away from their pursuers. At this time, the “Kfirs” attacked the formation of the A-37 “Dragonfly” and shot down one of them. According to Peru’s official data, one Su-22 was shot down by anti-aircraft artillery, the other crashed for technical reasons, the loss of Dragonfly in aerial combat was confirmed by Peru.

    Mirage F.1JA Air Force Ecuador
    According to the site
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    2. MilaPhone
      MilaPhone 4 October 2013 16: 57
      Quote: Kuznetsov 1977
      On May 17, 1987, the Iraqi Mirage attacked the US frigate Stark, patrolling off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The frigate was badly damaged, 37 crew members were killed

      Photo Shoot:
  10. APASUS
    APASUS 4 October 2013 16: 40
    30 years is too much. Let them not even be exploited, but this is the last century.
    Here our could fuss with MIGs ......... but what do they think?
  11. gerafak
    gerafak 4 October 2013 16: 53
    Do not forget that Spain for Argentina is a former metropolis, i.e. countries should preserve a similar language culture, etc. Perhaps this is where the purchase of aircraft from Spain lies
  12. Anatole Klim
    Anatole Klim 4 October 2013 18: 08
    Rosoboronexport, now, has begun to work actively in Latin America. They know and value our weapons there. Argentina bought our MI-17 helicopters, but unfortunately, they have financial problems, although they could give a loan, because we give to others, and it would be nice to conquer the South American market.
  13. URAL72
    URAL72 4 October 2013 20: 10
    To maintain the flight personnel in the required number and at a decent level of training, it was better to purchase the Yak-130, and suspended containers with radar - even the "spear" allows the use of RVV-AE, with an active seeker, but now in Russia they are developing new container radars with AFAR. F-1 cannot use RVV-AE missiles with an active seeker, which means it will yield to Yak in air combat ... Again, 2 engines, very economical and reliable. 170 million euros would be enough for 12 NEW Yaks, there would still be more for delivery.
  14. Su-9
    Su-9 4 October 2013 20: 21
    The fact is that F1 is a very good plane. It’s hard for me to imagine that the MiG-21 (modernized) can surpass it in terms of a combination of characteristics. Like a clean interceptor, yes. As information security, it’s very unlikely. I say this responsibly, like a man flying on MLD. Plus, F1 has a clear and familiar service system for Argentines. In addition, I do not know how many MiG21x fuselages with a normal resource have survived - probably not very much. So in return they could offer only the MiG29e. But in the 9-12 modification, the MiG-29 is not a competitor. At least you need to 9-13M. And there are not so many such fuselages - I think they are all planned for remaking in the SMT. And all that is better 9-13M will be already more expensive (if you take it with weapons) than the Argentines paid. Such a difficult mathematics.
    1. Argon
      Argon 5 October 2013 02: 48
      In my opinion, the decisive role here was not played by the flight characteristics, but the cost of the life cycle (not to mention politics), we do not have cars in this price group. The competitor to the Mirage is the "flu" but expensive, the Chinese Argentine cars considered better the second-hand "French" from the allies.
  15. givargi
    givargi 5 October 2013 07: 51
    Vot etovo xotyat amrikosy i dlya rossii. Kupit 30letnie samolyoty chtob zamenit drugie 30letnie samolyoty? Vidno kropcionnye svyazy byvshei kolonii s byvshym masterom ischio zhivy!