India May Consider Mirage 2000 Upgrade Deal


India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is expected to consider a deal with France to upgrade the Mirage 2000 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), a Defence Ministry official has said.

"Two proposals related to upgrade of the 51 Mirage 2000 aircraft in the IAF fleet are expected to be considered by the CCS at its next meeting," The Press Trust of India quotes the official as saying.

The over $3bn deal has been involved in negotiations for the last five years but could not be finalised for various reasons including the price of upgrade.

According to the proposal, Dassault and Thales will upgrade engines, avionics, navigation systems, mission computers, electronic warfare systems and radars and will help bring the aircraft to the Mirage 2000-5 standards.

The government is also considering proposals that include aircraft systems upgrade and procurement of 400 MICA missiles for the upgraded fleet.

If the deal is finalised, four aircraft would be sent to France and the rest upgraded at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facilities, India.