Two upgraded Mirage 2000 handed over to India in France

Two upgraded Mirage 2000 handed over to India in France
Mar. 25, 2015
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Two upgraded Mirage 2000 handed over to India in France
French defence major Dassault Aviation on Wednesday handed over the first two upgraded Mirage 2000
fighter aircraft with advanced navigational, radar and missile systems to India amidst continuing stalemate
on the over USD 20 billion Rafale contract.
Istres: French defence major Dassault Aviation on
Wednesday handed over the first two upgraded
Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft with advanced
navigational, radar and missile systems to India
amidst continuing stalemate on the over USD 20
billion Rafale contract.
The entire fleet of 48 aircraft is being upgraded with
the help of Dassault Aviation and Thales under a Rs
10,000 crore deal signed in July 2011.
The upgraded Mirages comes with advanced
navigational, radar and missile system besides a
fully integrated electronic warfare suite. The midlife upgrade is expected to extend the life cycle of
the aircraft by another 10-15 years.
While the deal was signed for 51 aircraft, at least
four have crashed since then.
Citing the successful completion of the phase 1 of
the Mirage upgrade deal, Dassault said the "next
logical step" towards the 'Make in India' initiative
was the Rafale contract which has been has been
"95 per cent finalised".
Company's CEO Eric Trappier underlined his
company's contribution to the Narendra Modi-led
government's 'Make in India' policy and said the
Mirage upgrade programme would serve it as the
rest of the fleet would be upgraded in Bengaluru
and his firm and Thales would offer their complete
support.
A deal on Rafale would be a step in that direction,
Trappier said.
"Rafale aircraft has been chosen by India after a
comprehensive selection process in the frame of the
MMRCA competition and exclusive negotiation is
ongoing.
"Rafale is the next logical step. HAL and Indian
industries will contribute to the Make in India
policy by developing and manufacturing it locally,"
he said.
Trapper hoped that the contract would be signed
soon. "It's 95 per cent finalised. The contract is
being reviewed with the Defence Ministry (India). I
prefer we take time now than all the clarifications
coming later," he told reporters at a Dassault
facility.
India is negotiating with Dassault since 2012 for the
purchase of 126 Rafale aircraft.
However, differences have cropped mainly due to
guarantee clause. India wants Dassault to stand
guarantee for the 108 Rafales that would be made in
India by state-run HAL.
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