A total of 16 Spanish Air Force Mirage F1’s will head for South America in the near future, as Argentina has agreed to buy the fighters as replacements for older Mirage IIIs. Rumours were around for some quite some time, but only now have authorities in Buenos Aires officially confirmed the deal. The transaction is worth USD 230 million, according to sources in Argentina.
The Spanish air Force said good bye to the Mirage F1 in June this year. The French built fighters had been in service with the Spanish for almost a quarter of a century. The aircraft underwent several updates while in Spain, including the add on of aerial refueling capability and GPS navigation and targeting instrumentation. The Eurofighter Typhoon has replaced the Mirage F-1 in Spanish service.
Argentina earlier expressed the need for a more modern fourth generation fighter, but budget issues don’t allow such a purchase. The 16 Mirages will likely be based at Tandil Air base, some 200 miles south of Buenos Aires.
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