Draken takes on supersonic training role for USAF
Draken International has begun supersonic radar-equipped F1M missions to support combat training of USAF pilots at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
Modernised Mirage F1Ms are being used to test US and coalition fourth- and fifth-generation fighter aircraft and evaluate tactics and procedures during air warfare operations, with the Mirage used as an adversary platform.
Working alongside Paramount Aerospace Systems, Draken has reassembled and restored a fleet of former Spanish Air Force F1Ms at its facility in Lakeland, Florida.
Sean Gustafson, VP of Business Development at Draken, said: ‘These fleets of supersonic assets highlight the dedication to fulfilling combat readiness training objectives at Nellis and [other] Air Force bases [AFBs] across the US. Our ever-growing fleet of advanced fighters enrich our capabilities and challenge airmen, sailors and Marines alike.’
The company has also accepted a fleet of ex-South African Air Force fourth-generation Cheetah aircraft for future use in supersonic training at US AFBs.
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