Posted by – Neelam Mathews
Aug 2, 2011
The proposal for upgrade of the Mirage 2000 aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force has been approved by the government. The proposal envisages upgrade of the first two aircraft in France by Thales and Dassault Aviation, France and subsequent upgrade of the balance aircraft in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Bangalore. The upgrade will enhance the avionics as well as the weapons delivery capability of the aircraft.
The estimated expenditure of the upgrade program is Rs.10,947 Crores including both the French and the HAL portions.
The upgrade is expected to be completed within a period of ten years from the date of signing of the contract.