The Indian Air Force (IAF) arranged to acquire Dassault Aviation made 24 second-hand Mirage 2000 fighters.
In an endeavor to boost its ageing fleet of fourth-generation fighters. IAF will also achieve parts for its two existing squadrons of the aircraft.
Sources revealed that the IAF has adopted a 27 million euros contract to purchase fighters and amid these eight are in ready-to-fly condition. These air crafts cost 1.125 million euros each.
Reportedly, out of the 24 fighters, eight are in fit-to-fly and 13 are confirmed with engine and air frame intact. The remaining 11 are half accomplished but with fuel tanks and ejection seats.
IAF’s 35-year old Mirage fleet is processing a mid-life upgrade. This fleet performed magnificently during the 2019 Balakot operation. These aircraft is becoming obsolete in France and require 300 critical spares. Following which IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhaduaria approved to purchase required spares.
Back in 1985, the IAF had procured 50 fourth-generation Mirage 2000 C and B fighters. The maintenance contract that in 2005. Following which IAF signed another contract in 2015-2016 with the French original equipment manufacturer.
The IAF and the Indian Navy should program their fighter acquisition so that there is symbiosis between the two forces. This is crucial for the defence ministry to accelerate decisions on replenishing the country’s fighter fleet. Especially because China has already moved to fifth-generation fighters and armed drones.
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