Indian Air Force intends to purchase Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters
The Indian Air Force intends to purchase 24 Mirage 2000 fighters, the contract for the purchase of used aircraft has been tentatively approved but not yet signed. This is reported by the Indian edition of the Hindustan Times newspaper, citing military sources.
According to the newspaper, the fighters are being purchased to strengthen the fleet of the fourth generation Mirage 2000 fighters in service with the Indian Air Force, purchased in the mid-1980s. Today, the Air Force includes about 50 of these aircraft, which, due to obsolescence, are being modernized at the enterprise of the aircraft building corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The contract for the purchase of 24 Mirage 2000 fighters worth 27 million euros has not yet been signed, but with a 99% probability it will be concluded, as the Indian Air Force is in need of critical parts. Attempts to establish their own production of spare parts and equipment have not yet been crowned with success.
According to available information, of the 24 fighters planned for purchase, 13 are in good condition with a serviceable engine and airframe, eight can even fly. The remaining 11 are partially completed, they will immediately go to spare parts for aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
The Dassault Mirage 2000H / TH multipurpose fighters have been in service with the Indian Air Force since 1985.
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