The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to procure Dassault Aviation’s 24 second-hand Mirage 2000 fighters to strengthen its ageing fleet of fourth-generation fighters, reported Hindustan Times. The IAF will also reportedly acquire parts for its two existing Mirage 2000 squadrons. A contract worth 27 million euros has been initiated by the force. India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials.
Per-aircraft acquisition cost will be 1.125 million euros. These aircraft will be shipped to India in containers, claimed the HT report. Out of the total aircraft to be procured by the IAF, almost eight are in ready to fly condition and 13 have engine and airframe intact. Meanwhile, 11 fighters are partially complete. These aircraft will reportedly be used to secure parts for IAF’s two existing squadrons of Mirage 2000. Agni Prime Missile Successfully Test Fired by DRDO Off Odisha Coast.
Notably, the IAF procured around 50 Mirage 2000 C and B fighters jets in 1985 and had a maintenance contract for 20 years, which got expired in 2005. The force then signed another contact in 2015-2016 with the French original equipment manufacturer, reported the media house. Mirage 2000 are fourth generation fighter jets. Before Rafale jets, Mirage 2000s were IAF’s front-line fighter jets. The force used these aircraft for the Balakot airstrikes. From Rafale Jets to Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Here Are Aircraft That Bolster IAF’s Capabilities.
The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engined fighter jet. The aircraft was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force. The Mirage 2000 evolved into a multirole aircraft. Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000B, Mirage 2000N, Mirage 2000D, Mirage 2000EG, Mirage 2000BR and Mirage 2000-9 are some of the variants of the aircraft.