Thales and Dassault Aviation are set to upgrade the UAE Armed forces’ Mirage 2000-9 fleet.

The UAE Armed Forces has announced its intention to sign a contract for the Mirage upgrade programme at the Dubai Airshow this year.

Thales supplies the complete electronic combat solutions on-board the Mirage 2000-9 to cater to the pilot’s need for tactical information, enhanced survivability and operational effectiveness.

The equipment to be supplied includes a mission computer system, fire control radar, electronic warfare suite, optronics systems, communications navigation and identification, cockpit display systems, as well as a helmet-mounted system display and electrical system.

Thales chairman and chief executive officer Patrice Caine said: “Thales’ advanced digital technologies help our customers to make the optimum tactical decisions in real time.

“Thales’ advanced digital technologies help our customers to make the optimum tactical decisions in real time.”

“This new announcement illustrates the trust UAE Armed Forces has in Thales for more than 45 years.”

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With this modernisation project, Thales and Dassault will help support the strategic challenges of the UAE.

Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said: “Dassault Aviation, which has been a reliable partner of the UAE for over 40 years, is fully committed to meet the operational requirements and to support the strategic challenges of the UAE AF and AD for the coming decades.”

The Dassault Aviation-built Mirage 2000 is a multi-role combat fighter that has been selected by Egypt, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar and Taiwan, besides the UAE.

The UAE’s Mirage 2000-9 aircraft carries the Black Shahine missile developed by MBDA.