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Indian Govt in talks for euro 1.5bn Mirage refit deal

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Indian Govt in talks for euro 1.5bn Mirage refit deal Reply with quote

<i><b> Govt in talks for euro 1.5bn Mirage refit deal </b>

The government is close to finalising a euro 1.5 billion deal for retrofit of its 52 frontline Mirage-2000 fighter planes to give them a fresh lease of life for 25 years and arming them with futuristic new 'Matra Mica' air-to-air missiles.</i>

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: India negotiating big ticket deal for upgrading Mirages Reply with quote

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www.uniindia.com
India negotiating big ticket deal for upgrading Mirages
New Delhi, Dec 20 (UNI)
India is close to finalising a 1.5 billion Euro deal for retrofit of its 52 frontline Mirage-2000 fighter planes to give them a fresh lease of life for 25 years and arming them with futuristic new ’Matra Mica’ air-to-air missiles.
‘‘The deal, which will provide for mounting a joint tactical information datalink system (JTIDS), compatability with helmet-mounted sights for off-bore-sight heat-seeking missiles and long-range sensors, is almost at the finalisation stage’’, top IAF officials said.
The upgradation, to be undertaken in India starting next year would involve complete change of radar systems, combat display systems and electronic warfare system of the French-made Mirages, which together with multi-role Sukhoi 30MKI, form the bullwark of country’s air combat power.
The retrofit is to be undertaken jointly by a French-Indian consortium comprising the aircraft makers Dassault, weapons systems integrator Thales, missile manufacturers MBDA and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
‘‘It is a mid-life upgradation’’, said an IAF officer, observing a similar retrofit programme was also in the final stages for IAFs Russian-supplied Mig-29 fighter aircraft.
‘‘The first of the retorfitted Mirages would start being re-delivered to the IAF by 2010 and the entire fleet of 52 fighters would be back in operational flying by 2011,’’ he said.
The first Mirage-2000 squadron of the IAF took shape in 1985 and since then the multi-role fighters have seen action in ’Operation Pawan’ in Sri Lanka as well as ’Operation Vijay’ in Kargil in 1999.
Upgradation would be done squadron-wise to ensure that the bulk of the fighters were ready for operations if need arises, French officials said.
European Defence Major Thales is also involved in supplying few hi-tech combat systems for the Mig-21 upgradation programme being undertaken with Russian and Israeli help.
The major components of the Mirage upgrade programme, French sources said, would be installing a new five-display glass cockpit layout borrowed from the Rafale programme and Thales new multimode Radar Doppler multi-target system.
Labelled RDY (in its French acronym) the new system is a more powerful processor that provides multi-target tracking and can guide four Mica air-to-air missiles to different targets simultaneously.
The modernised fighters will also have improved countermeasures suite with new lowband jammer. This system has also been developed for Dassault new range of Rafale fighters.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, what happened to the 126 fighter planes deal? anything gonna happen anytime soon?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HamiltonAir wrote:
So, what happened to the 126 fighter planes deal? anything gonna happen anytime soon?

Well our govt keeps on ordering aircarfts through newspapers and press releases only Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HaHaHa, well said.
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