Regenerated Mirage F1 flies in Florida
Paramount Aerospace Systems has provided upgrade and engineering support for Draken International’s first regenerated Mirage F1, which has now completed its first flight over Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida.
The supersonic, radar-equipped F1 is part of a fleet of ex-Spanish Air Force fighter aircraft currently being regenerated by Draken assisted by Paramount Aerospace Systems.
The F1 fleet will soon join Draken’s fleet of 13 A-4 Skyhawks and 23 L-159 Honey Badgers that currently support the US Air Force out of Nellis Air Force Base.
The work is being carried out under a contract signed between Paramount Aerospace Systems and Draken in 2018 for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of the fleet of Mirage F1s. The aircraft are undergoing reassembly, restoration and airworthiness certification.
Steve Griessel, CEO of Paramount Group USA, said: ‘We are proud to support Draken’s Mirage F1 regeneration programme. Paramount has extensive capability on this aircraft with full airframe and engine overhaul capability, as well as the ability to upgrade and modernise avionics and mission systems.
‘It is exciting to be working with Draken and this paves the way for a strong long-term relationship. The deployment of Paramount’s team in-country has proven the importance of having such expertise available on the ground to ensure we can provide the ultimate solution to our customers.’
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