IAF hopes to sign Mirage upgrade deal by March

Express news service

The IAF on Thursday said it was hoping to sign the long-stuck $2.1 billion deal to upgrade around 50 Mirage 2000s with France by March this year. The deal was stuck over price and legal issues. “The negotiations have been concluded and report has been submitted to the Defence Ministry. We are trying to conclude this deal by end of this fiscal,” Air Chief Marshal P V Naik told a press conference here.

He said the medium multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract would be signed by September.

“All the offset related concerns regarding the MMRCA are sorted out. The commercial negotiations should start within two to four weeks and unless the competitors other than the one shortlisted do not put a spoke, the contracts for the MMRCA deal should be signed by September,” he said.

About retiring the aged Mig 21, he said, “Only one squadron of the type 77 is functional currently, but it would be retired within two-three days.” On the intermediate jet trainer programme, he said, “HAL is sure of obtaining the initial operational clearance by July. The spin trials are due in a month or two.”

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