1st Upgraded Indian Mirage 2000 Flies

The Indian Air Force's first upgraded Mirage 2000H fighter made its debut flight at the Istres-Le TubĂ© air base in France yesterday. The upgraded Mirage 2000 (effectively now the 'Dash-Five' standard), sporting a brand new avionics suite, self-protection suite, the Thales RDY-2 multimode radar and other systems, is the first of 49 aircraft (2 crashed last year in India in quick succession, forcing a fleet grounding of more than 50 days) that will be upgraded over the next seven years.

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