India’s Fighter Upgrades: Mirage 2000s Next?

DID has covered India’s accelerating round of fighter fleet upgrades before. Now India Defence reports that the Indian Air Force is “close to finalising” a EUR 1.5 billion (about $2 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of 52 Mirage-2000 ‘Vajra’ fighter jets. Work would be performed by a French-Indian consortium including Dassault (aircraft manufacturer), Thales (weapons systems integrator), MBDA (missiles) and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The aim is to give the aircraft, inaugurated into IAF service in 1985-1988, another 20-25 years of service life; no word on whether any additional Mirage 2000s acquired from France would also come with a similar upgrade set.

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