ATAC's first two Mirage F1 aircraft were recently delivered to the company’s Adversary Center of Excellence (ATAC-ACE) at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas. Since then, a steady stream of the sophisticated Mirage F1 aircraft – 13 to date – have arrived in the U.S. with additional deliveries planned throughout 2018.
ATAC’s purchase of the F1s marks the largest global sale of such aircraft to a private company. ATAC intends to upgrade the Mirage F1 fleet with sophisticated avionics and training systems in order to meet the training requirements of U.S. service men and women in future U.S. Department of Defense adversary air support contracts.
In July 2017 ATAC purchased 63 former French Air Force Mirage F1 aircraft from the government of France. Included in the purchase were several million spare parts, ground support equipment and over 100 spare ATAR 9K50 engines.
ATAC-ACE began operating in February 2018 and has commenced preparations for future maintenance, operations and pilot training associated with the Mirage F1 aircraft. The ATAC-ACE footprint will ultimately include a new 85,000 square foot hangar, 185,000 square foot warehouse and various support functions.