The first upgraded Dassault Mirage 2000H for the Indian air force will be delivered in August or September 2014, Thales India Managing Director Eric Lenseige told Aviation Week Feb. 8 at Aero India.
“We’ve met every single milestone of the upgrade program and are on track,” Lenseige says. Two Indian air force Mirage 2000Hs are already being retrofitted in France, and the rest of the fleet will be retrofitted by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Kits are being developed so HAL can do the upgrades, he adds.
Lenseige declined to comment on the commonality of systems and weapons on board the Mirage 2000H and Dassault Rafale, but adds that the French air force operates both types and has proven there is enormous interoperability.
India has 51 Mirage 2000Hs and has announced that the Rafale is the preferred bidder for India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft requirement for 126 fighters.