Tuesday, February 23, 2010

India, France to finalise upgrade of Mirage jets in Rs 10,000 cr project

India and France are now finally close to inking the around Rs 10,000 crore project to upgrade the Mirage-2000 fighter jets in the IAF combat fleet after protracted negotiations. The first four to six IAF Mirages will be upgraded in France, while the rest 50 will equipped with new avionics, weapon and sensor suites to enhance their combat edge by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in India under transfer of technology in the project. "It (the project finalisation) should happen shortly,'' IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik told TOI on Monday. This will be the second such big programme with the upgrade of 63 MiG-29s already underway under a $964 million contract inked with Russia in March 2008.......................................Timesofindia


Finally! Modern fighter jets have a lifespan of roughly 30 years under normal usage. IAF has positive experience using the Mirage; the upgrade will make sure that the fleet remains service-worthy for the next 10-15 years. Congrats to both IAF & Dassault.

BUT 10000cr!!!!!!!


And I am not trying to point out anythin obvious here....

@ asian defence
there was a blog in asiandefence that the israelis were being considered for the up gradation of mirage!!!!! and the price quoted by them was much less then the french!!!!! so what happened!!!! aint the tender goes to the one with the lowest cost!!!!!

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