Ares projette d’investir, en liaison avec le constructeur Dassault-Aviation, le motoriste Safran et l’équipementier Thales, dans la modernisation de sa flotte avec des Mirage 2000, avions de 4e génération, supersoniques équipés de radar, pour répondre et s’adapter avec le plus haut niveau de réalisme aux besoins d’entraînement opérationnel grandissants des Forces armées françaises & européennes », explique la société dans un communiqué de presse.
Ares plans to invest, in conjunction with the manufacturer Dassault-Aviation, the engine manufacturer Safran and the equipment supplier Thales, in the modernization of its fleet with Mirage 2000, 4th generation aircraft, supersonic equipped with radar, to respond and adapt with the highest level of realism to the growing operational training needs of the French & European Armed Forces, ”the company explains in a press release.
Out of the 24 fighters, 13 are in complete condition with engine and airframe intact with eight of them (nearly half a squadron) ready to fly after servicing. The remaining 11 fighters are partially complete but with fuel tanks and ejection seats, which will be scavenged to secure parts for IAF’s two existing squadrons of the fighter.
IAF has initialled a contract worth 27 million euros to buy the fighters, eight of which are in ready-to-fly condition, the people cited above added. That works out to a per-aircraft acquisition cost of 1.125 million euros. The people cited above said the aircraft will soon be shipped to India in containers.
The contract, signed by an MND procurement representative in Europe on Sept. 13, will remain valid for five years until Sept. 13, 2026. The document is only the latest in a series of agreements designed to keep the Mirage jets and the missiles up to date as they have been stationed in Hsinchu for 24 years.