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Laying to rest speculation that the upgradation of the 51 (to reconfirm figure) of Mirage 2000- to Mirage 2005, was being considered for offsets should Dassault's Rafale win the MMRCA, the Cabinet Committee on Security, cleared the upgradation today.
This will open up opportunities for Indian companies like Samtel to offer an Indian content for the approximately $2.4 billion project.
Upgrades include night vision goggle compatible glass cockpit, advanced navigational systems, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, fully integrated electronic warfare suite and advanced beyond visual range (BVR) capability. The new weapons include 450 MICA interception and aerial combat missiles.