IAF gets two Mirage 2000 fighters from France to strengthen combat aircraft fleet
“The Indian Air Force received two Mirage 2000 from France in the training version . Both planes were flying with their air force and recently arrived at Gwalior air base”, they said.
The aircraft would now be upgraded to the latest standards as part of the Mirage upgrade program underway at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the sources said.
Both planes were acquired by the Indian Air Force as part of the program to bring the number of planes in the Mirage fighter fleet to approximately 50.
Sources said that the Mirage upgrade agreement between the French and Indian sides aimed to upgrade the capabilities of 51 aircraft and that some of those kits remained due to accidents involving those aircraft.
The Indian Air Force has invested very smartly in finding spare parts for the Mirages in the form of old and abandoned French planes which will help the Air Force to maintain them until in 2035, the sources said.
The Mirages have been in service since the 1980s and were the mainstay of war strength from Kargil to the Balakot airstrikes in 2019, where they bombed a Jaish and Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan.