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France modernizing its Mirage 2000D fighters

Mirage 2000D jets of the French air force are to be modernized.

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Richard Tomkins
France is upgrading the avionics and weapon systems of Mirage 2000D ground attack aircraft. Photo courtesy French air force
France is upgrading the avionics and weapon systems of Mirage 2000D ground attack aircraft. Photo courtesy French air force

SAINT-CLOUD, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Dozens of Mirage 2000D aircraft of the French air force are to receive midlife upgrades by Dassault Aviation and MBDA.

The modernization contract covers 55 aircraft and was issued by the French military procurement agency, DGA.

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The upgrade will involve modernization of the fighters' avionics, fitting of an automatic cannon for ground attack and replacement of their previous-generation Magic self-protection missiles.

Additional details of the modernization effort were not detailed.

The Mirage 2000D first entered into service with the French air force in 1993. The upgrade will allow them to remain operational to 2030 and beyond.

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