Argentina mulls decommissioned Spanish Mirage F1 fighter purchase

Wed Aug 7 2013, 12:59 PM

The Argentinian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is reportedly planning to acquire 20 second-hand Dassault Mirage F-1M fighter aircraft under a multi-million pound deal from Spain.

The GBP145 million deal has personally been agreed by Argentinian President Cristina de Kirchner in a bid to augment the country's military capability, the Sunday People reported.

Meanwhile, Argentinian Defence Minister Agustin Rossi was quoted by The Leader newspaper as saying the ministry is currently discussing the sale with his Spanish counterpart.

''We are working with the Government of Spain, in an important possibility to consider the Mirage for fulfilling an important role,'' Rossi added.

Operated from the Los Llanos base in Albacete, the Spanish Mirage F-1M fighters were replaced last month by the next-generation EF2000 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft following 38 years of service.

Refurbished in the 1990s, the aircraft features advanced navigation and weapons systems, laser guided missiles, high precision autonomous navigation systems and an integrated GPS that transmits information to a mission computer enabling the aircraft to strike targets in optimum time.