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Indian Air Force receives two upgraded Mirage-2000 aircraft

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Two upgraded Mirage 2000 landing at Air Force Station, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh after being flown from Istres, France on Friday. A PTI Photo.

NEW DELHI (PTI): The Indian Air Force has received the first two upgraded Mirage-2000 aircraft from France under a Rs 10,000 crore deal.

The two upgraded aircraft, flown in by IAF pilots from France covering Greece, Egypt and Qatar in over seven days, landed at the Gwalior Air Force Station on Friday.

On arrival, the two aircraft were accorded the traditional 'Water Cannon Salute'.

The contract for upgradation was signed with Thales Aeroportes Systems and Dassault Aviation of France.

The upgrade enhances the overall capability of aircrafts by equipping them with advanced avionics, weapons and self protection suites.

The upgrade programme was successfully completed on schedule. The subsequent serried upgrade of the Mirage 2000 fleet is being carried out at HAL, Bangalore.

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