Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday received first upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft from France’s Dassault Aviation under a deal worth Rs. 10,000 crore.
The first aircraft was landed at the Air Force Station, Gwalior where the machine was given ‘Water Canon Salute’ while taxing into dispersal.
The upgraded Mirage 2000 being given ‘Water Canon Salute’ on taxiing into dispersal at Air Force Station Gwalior. pic.twitter.com/26lNOIbDcq
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Sitanshu Kar, principal spokesperson of Ministry of Defence tweeted about the arrival of the first upgraded Mirage-2000.
The planes were first handed-over to India in Istres Dassault Aviation Flight Test Center in France.
The deal to upgrade 51 Mirage-2000 aircrafts was signed in 2011.
Standing from left to right: Group Captain M Minocha, Air Commodore HS Basra, Wing Commander Vivek Sharma and Squadron Leader K Suryanarayana. Pic:MoD
According to the deal, only few planes will be upgraded by the aviation company while rest of the aircraft fleet will be upgraded in India by HAL, a state-run company with help of Dassault and Thales, another French defence manufacture.
AOC Gwalior Air Commodore HS Basra being familiarized with cockpit instrumentation. Pic:MoD
The IAF bought Mirage 2000 in the early 80s and the upgrade is likely to expand its life-span by around 10-15 years.
The upgrades on the aircraft include a night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit, advanced navigational systems, advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, fully integrated electronic warfare suite besides others.