France to Upgrade Moroccan Mirage F-1 Fleet
02 May 2006
Morocco has awarded France a contract worth around EUR350 million (USD420 million) to overhaul the Moroccan Air Force's fleet of 27 French Mirage F-1CH/EH fighter aircraft.
The contract covers the overhaul of airframes and engines, as well as upgrade of the avionics suite. The aircraft will be fitted with RC400 multi-target radar: a derivative of its RDY radar. The package also includes MICA air-to-air missiles as well as Sagem's new AASM bomb kit.
The prime contractor is Astrac (Association Sagem Thales pour la Rénovation d'Avions de Combat), a joint venture between Thales and Sagem. Subcontractors will include Dassault and Snecma Moteurs.
The aircraft were delivered by Dassault Aviation in the late 1980s. Up to half the fleet have been grounded since. Morocco decided to refurbish the aircraft instead of buying surplus F-16s.
- Jane's Defence Weekly