MOSCOW, July 16. (ARMS-TASS). The Indian defense establishment and the French producers are ready to sign agreement on realization of the modernization program fighters Mirage 2000, consisting in the armament of the Indian Air Force. The cost of the agreement will be about 100 billion rupees (2.05 billion dollars), according to The Times of India. "
In the case of an agreement, it will be the second largest contract in the history of military-technical cooperation between the two countries after the estimated 187.98 billion rupees in the construction of six submarines of "Scorpio" at "Mazgon dock in Mumbai. On signing the agreement could be announced during the start of his visit to France, Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.
India and France are negotiating about the modernization of 51 multipurpose fighter Mirage-2000N "for more than two years. The main obstacle to signing the agreement is its cost. The French company, contractors' Aviación Dassault and Thales "insisted on payment of 140 billion rupees, while the Defense of India appreciates the program only in the 100 billion rupees. According to the newspaper, recently controversy was resolved, and French manufacturers had agreed on the terms of India's Ministry of Defense.
As planned, from 4 to 6 first aircraft Mirage will be upgraded in France, the remaining aircraft are planned to improve the capacity of Khal. Modernization, which will be upgraded on-board equipment, engines, structural components and weapons systems will permit to extend the life of the 51 aircraft Mirage 2000N "Indian Air Force by 20-25 years.
"Dassault" Upgrade fuselage, mechanical systems, neaviatsionnogo equipment and engines, as well as providing certification of the aircraft. During the modernization of the aircraft fuselage paneling will be dismantled to replace the cable equipment.
Modernization project will include installation of high-performance on-board computer with extended memory, multimode radar, capable of detecting target at a distance of 70 nautical miles (130 km) in terms of interference, multichannel digital data transmission systems, advanced equipment for the use of missiles near and long-range navigation and equipment.
The cockpit will be equipped with two side digital displays and an improved bottom dashboard, Helmet display systems. Communications, navigation and identification will be replaced to meet the standards of "glass cockpit".
Upgrading of the complex electronic warfare includes the installation of an integrated receiver warning of approaching enemy missiles, providing continuous information to the issuance of timely action to counter, a fully integrated system of stationary jamming and transmitter interference.
Standard fuel tanks will be increased. The system of sealing the aircraft will be modified to improve the functioning of tropical and desert climates. The system of filling with liquid oxygen will be replaced by on-board system, the production of oxygen, engines will be equipped with a digital control system.
As stated previously the Director of the modernization program fighters "Mirage" of Thales' Federico Andre, India has also proposed a project that would reduce the signature of the aircraft and provide them with greater security from detection and attack aircraft destruction and their means of air defense.
There are currently 8 countries, including India, exploiting fighters Mirage 2000. The Indian Air Force received the first "Mirazh-2000H/TH" in mid-1980. to equip two air defense squadrons. Originally adopted were adopted by 40 aircraft. Another 20 fighters "Mirage-2000 were purchased in subsequent years. At this point in a plane crash lost at least seven cars. The fighters were widely used during the conflict in Kargil.
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