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Mirage jets to get new missiles in $1.23 bn deal

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New Delhi: India Wednesday approved a $1.23 billion deal with a French weapons manufacturer to arm its 51 Mirage-2000 combat planes with new air-to-air missiles.

The cabinet committee on security (CCS), the country’s highest security decision making body headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its nod to the deal under which French firm MBDA will supply 450 MICA interception and aerial combat missiles as part of the second phase of plans for upgrading the Mirage fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF), defense ministry sources said here.

India had last July signed a $2.4 billion deal with French defense firms Thales and Dassault for upgrading the Mirages with better avionics, night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpits, advanced navigational systems, advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, fully integrated electronic warfare suites and advanced beyond visual range (BVR) capability.

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  1. curious
    January 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Mr Joshi,

    Do you see this as being linked to the MMRCA…as being a sign in favour or against the Rafale? Some journalist-bloggers have said that the Rafale has already been selected?

  2. […] The IAF has plans to operate its Mirage 2000 fleet over at least the next two decades. Last year, India ordered a USD 2.4 billion upgrade package from Dassault and Thales for its Mirage 2000 aircraft, to match the Mirage 2000-5 configuration, followed by a separate weapons package worth USD 1.23 billion for 450 MBDA MICA air-to-air missiles. […]

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