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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

INDIA's DEFENCE: Centre approves $3 billion upgrade of Mirage fleet!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 13, 2011.

File photo of a pair of Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000 aircraft.
File photo of a pair of Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000 aircraft - The Hindu.

The government on Wednesday cleared proposals worth over $3 billion for upgrading the fleet of 51 Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

As per the proposals, French firms Dassault and Thales will upgrade the aircraft, which will add 20-25 years to the life of the Mirages, inducted by the IAF in the mid-80s.

“The proposals related to upgrade of the Mirage 2000 were cleared by a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS),” a Defence Ministry official told PTI in New Delhi.

Two different proposals, one for the upgrade of systems of the aircraft and the other for over 400 MICA missiles for the upgraded fleet, were placed before the CCS.

Under the deal, the French firms will help in upgarding the avionics, navigation systems, mission computers, electronic warfare systems and radars bringing the aircraft to the Mirage-2000-5 standards.

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