Mirage 2000- One trustable Warrior of Indian Airforce
The Mirage-2000 is a state-of-the-art fighter aircraft made by the Dassault Aviation Company of France. This is the same company which made Rafale fighter aircraft.The Mirage-2000 has a length of 47 feet and a weight of 7,500 kg. It can fly at a maximum speed of 2,000 kilometers per hour.
The Mirage-2000 can fly at a speed of 2,336 km with 13,800 kg of ammunition.The double engine Mirage-2000 is the fourth generation multirole fighter aircraft and the MAK 2. India first ordered to buy it in the 80s.Mirage-2000 aircraft also played an important role in the Kargil war along with the MiG-21.
In the year 2015, the company handed over the upgraded Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force. These upgraded aircraft have been fitted with new radar and electronic systems, which have increased the firepower and reconnaissance capacity of these aircraft.
But France did not sell this aircraft to India only, but today the air force of nine countries uses this aircraft.
The most important thing about this fighter aircraft is that it can go and kill within the border of any country. It has the power to smash its target inside the range with great accuracy. This is the missile that can hit the ground from the air. In addition, it can also handle air to surface missiles with it.
The Mirage is ideally designed to seat a single fighter pilot, but can be made into a twin-seat jet depending on the armed forces’ requirements. It has a length of 14.36 metre and a wingspan of 91.3 metre. The plane weighs 7500 kg (dry) and has a total takeoff weight of 17000 kg. The Mirage 2000 has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 (2336 kmph) and can travel 1550 km with drop tanks. The flight height is capped at 59000 ft (17km).
In comparison, Indi’as other fighter and more advanced fighter jet – the Russia made Sukhoi Su30MKI has a speed of 2120 kmph (Mach 2), slower than the Mirage-2000 and is heavier too. This gives the Mirage-2000 an advantage in quick operations.
The Mirage 2000 has a fly-by-wire flight control system and has a Sextant VE-130 HUD, which displays data related to flight control, navigation, target engagement, and weapon firing. In terms of the armament, the Mirage 2000 can carry laser guided bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and has a Thomson-CSF RDY (Radar Doppler Multi-target) radar on board.