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India to get Mirage 4000?

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posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 06:00 AM

The Defence Ministry might be on the lookout for a new Air Superiority Fighter (ASF) aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) but it is not going to be the US F-16. According to a senior official in the ministry, the government has zeroed in on Mirage 4000, manufactured by Dassault Bréguet of France.

well it does match what they want - and if the French sell a licence for it then IAF can do what they feel like to update teh aircraft (and they like French Aircraft anyway)

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 08:14 AM
Sweet i would love to see that bird fly again

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 11:53 AM
The IAF has a history with the French aircraft company, Dassault.

What IS a Mirage 4000, by the way? Are we talking about the stillborn project that didnt get off the ground in the 80's? (Excuse the pun.)

In that the Indian Air Force is taking delivery of Su-30 FLankers and is very happy with them, doesnt that make more sense than trying to revive an old jet of which only one was built?

I dont doubt you at all, I just question the idea of going with a dead prototype over proven aircraft that they have available to them.

The Indians are in the enviable position of being able to buy the best from America, Europe AND Russia. The fighter jet big three (only three?)

[edit on 6-12-2005 by Black Flag]

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 11:59 AM

The Mirage 4000 was a prototype jet fighter developed by Dassault Aviation as a twin engine version of their Mirage 2000. Both planes have a lot in common, including their engines (SNECMA M53-2), their Delta shape wings and their semi-circular air intake. The plane first flew in 1979.

The plane was financed as a private venture by Dassault, possibly with Saudi Arabian money. The Mirage 4000 was comparable in size to the US F-15 Eagle. It was designed to be used as an interceptor. In the early 80s, Dassault, not having any clients, pulled out of the program. The only prototype moved to its final residence at the Paris Air & Space Museum in 1995.

a bigger , twin engined version of the MIR2000 comparable in size to teh F-15

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 12:01 PM
Nice looking jet.

The French have always produced good looking aircraft. Not that looks is the criteria they are chosen on, but they ARE beautiful.

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 12:05 PM
If IAF want this plane , then they`ll probably just buy the entire programme and develope it themselves (with french and israeli tech)

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 04:40 PM

Whilst it would be an impressive aircraft, it is an odd choice since in airframe terms it is an evolutionary step down from the Rafael, whilst in avionics terms the M2k5 is a step ahead of it. bringing it up to M2K5 or better in avionics terms would be more expensive than just buying M2k5 and with the development costs, could bring the price tag close to Rafael.

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