in Defence

Draken engages Paramount to regenerate 22 Mirage F1Ms

Posted 11 April 2018 · Add Comment

The world’s largest operator of ex-military aircraft, Draken International, has signed an agreement with Paramount Aerospace Systems for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of their recently acquired fleet of Mirage F1M aircraft from the Spanish Air Force.


Courtesy Dracken International
 
Draken acquired 22 Mirage F1M and F1B fighter jets in an effort to enhance adversary services for its US Department of Defense and allied nation customers. The Mirage F1Ms were predominantly flown by the Spanish Air Force and received a full radar and avionics suite modernisation in the late 1990s. This acquisition along with the most recent purchase of 12 supersonic radar equipped South African Denel Cheetah fighter jets increased Draken’s fleet size to over 150 fighter aircraft.
 
With the completion of the procurement phase, the Mirage F1Ms will now undergo reassembly, restoration and airworthiness certification by Paramount Aerospace Systems at Draken’s Lakeland, FL maintenance facility. 

Paramount Aerospace specialises in the modernisation of fixed wing platforms including leading the previous modernisation of the Mirage F1M while still in Spanish Air Force military service. Paramount possess extensive capabilities on the Mirage F1 with full airframe and engine overhaul capability, as well as the ability to upgrade, modernise avionics and mission systems.  
 
"We are looking forward to working with one of the few companies in the world that possesses the extensive depth of F1 experience and knowledge that Paramount brings to the table. We are especially confident given Paramount's experience modernising the same Mirage F1M jets we now own when they were in prior Spanish Air Force service", said Jared Isaacman, CEO of Draken International. Draken’s core competency is its ability to acquire, regenerate, modernise and operate affordable, supportable, credible and capable fighter aircraft. This is demonstrated by the over 150 fighter aircraft Draken has acquired in the last six years and the numerous government contracts being supported in the United States DoD and abroad. Draken also remains dedicated to tracking and evaluating aircraft globally with proven success operating fleets of aircraft that include the Mirage F1M, Denel Cheetah, A-4 Skyhawk, L-159 Honey Badger and Aermacchi MB-339. 
 
Paramount Group acquired the entire South African Mirage F1 fleet, along with spares, simulators, training aids and other related material. The Mirage F1 represents an ideal solution for low cost Super Sonic Fighter capability and Paramount offers a complete air-power package, with full training and technical support for the aircraft.

Paramount also operates a fighter aircraft pilot training Academy in South Africa, the only one of its kind on the African continent.

Ivor Ichikowitz, Group Chairman of Paramount Group said: “We are extremely excited by the partnership with Draken International and the establishment of long-term relationships in support of the US Air Force. There are very strong synergies between our organisations in meeting the ever-increasing demand for the effective utilisation of legacy aircraft in adversary training. Our collaboration with Draken underlines the importance of strategic partnerships for providing flexible, scalable and affordable solutions for the US Air Force.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Ethiopian Airways: Minor ramp incident

Ethiopian Airlines B787-900 aircraft with registration ET-AUP had a minor ramp incident at Oslo airport yesterday evening, 18 December 2018 just before departure.

SAA and Emirates expand commercial relationship

South African Airways (SAA), and Emirates and are expanding their commercial relationship with enhancements to a codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both SAA and Emirates customers.

Airbus picks student teams for Fly Your Ideas global challenge

Airbus has selected 51 international student teams, including from Ghana and Zimbabwe, to go into Round 2 of its sixth Fly Your Ideas global challenge.

Ethiopian Airlines offers customers chance to win tickets

Ethiopian Airlines has said it is offering new and existing customers the chance to win free ticket offers.

Airports Company South African signs MoU with Airports of Thailand Public Company

Airports Company South Africa has signed a sister airports agreement with Airports of Thailand Public Company that will enable the two companies to cooperate and share information.

IATA: Airlines heading for a decade in the black

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast

TAA SK1009311218
See us at
AirCargoAFA_BT220318210219AviationAfrica_BT0607280219