The Indian Air Force on Thursday received two second hand Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft from France at its Gwalior airbase.
The Indian Air Force has a huge fleet of Su-30MKI, and its MiG-29 fighters have also been upgraded to the MiG-29UPG standard. These modern Russian-made fighters are multirole fighters and can strike deep into enemy territory. Many precision-guided munitions were purchased from Russia. However, in the eyes of the Indian Air Force, the French-made Mirage-2000 fighter jets and the latest “Rafale” fighter jets are more powerful.
The Mirage-2000 has been used for precision ground strikes many times, and the Indian Air Force is quite satisfied with it. The Mirages have been in service from the 1980s and have been the mainstay of the force from the Kargil war to the 2019 Balakot airstrikes where they bombed a Jaish e Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan.
But the strange thing is that compared to other modern fighters, Mirage-2000 is quite old. India can assemble the Su-30MKI locally and purchase the new MiG-29UPG and Rafale, but the Mirage-2000 has long been discontinued. Just as the Pakistan Air Force searches for second-hand Mirage-3/5 on a global scale, the Indian Air Force also searches for second-hand Mirage-2000 fighters on a global scale. So why Indian air force so obsessed with French Mirage 2000.