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Rs.10,947 Cr Mirage 2000 aircraft upgrade to be completed within ten years Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011
New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony today informed Parliament that the proposal for upgrade of the Mirage 2000 aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force, signed here last week, envisages upgrade of the first two aircraft in France by Thales and Dassault Aviation, France and subsequent upgrade of the balance aircraft in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Bangalore.

The estimated expenditure of the upgrade programme is Rs.10,947 Crore including both the French and the HAL portions. The upgrade is expected to be completed within a period of ten years from the date of signing of the contract.

The upgrade will enhance the avionics as well as the weapons delivery capability of the aircraft. Based on the integration of latest generation equipment and systems, the upgrade will further enhance the technical-operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000. The aircraft represents a long tradition of cooperation with French military aviation, initiated 50 years ago.

The extensive involvement of Indian industry within the programme will consolidate existing ties with the French aerospace industry and will reinforce long-term cooperation based on cutting edge technologies and the sharing of technical know-how and expertise.

Dassault Aviation and Thales are highly appreciative of the Indian government's continuing trust in them and are delighted with this contract that further consolidates the long-term strategic partnership between India and France. They reiterate their commitment to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force and underline their pride in contributing to India’s defence for over half a century.

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