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Mirage 2000 upgrade cleared ; 30% offset obligation Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Thursday, 14 July 2011
New Delhi: Proposals related to upgrade of the Mirage 2000 have been cleared by a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) which is chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. French firms Dassault and Thales will upgrade the aircraft.

The fleet of 51 Mirage 2000 aircrafts of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be upgraded with beyond visual range missiles, radars, navigation, communications and electronic warfare equipment.

As per the agreement, India will first send two of its aircraft to France for upgrades. The rest would be upgraded at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited' facilities.

The US$2.4 billion - US$3 billion deal places a 30 percent offset obligation on the companies. Therefore the companies will have to invest at least 30 per cent of the worth of the deal back into the Indian defence, civilian aerospace and homeland security sectors.

The upgrade includes around $700 million for new weapons for the aircraft and another $500 million for new facilities at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The proposals cleared are for the upgrade of systems of the aircraft and for over 400 MICA missiles for the upgraded fleet. MBDA will be the missile systems supplier and Thales the missile manufacturer. Dassault will be the lead integrator in this upgrade project.

These upgrades are expected to add 20-25 years to the life of the Mirages, inducted by the IAF in the mid-80s. The upgrade is to be performed over a period of nine years.

The CCS has also cleared Armored Recovery Vehicles awarded to BEML and Battle Management System to BEL.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 July 2011 )
 
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