Qatar offers to bolster Indian Air Force with 12 Mirage 2000 jets: Report

A high-level delegation from Qatar is currently in New Delhi to discuss the potential sale of 12 lightly used Mirage 2000 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This deal could provide a timely boost to India’s air combat capabilities as the IAF phases out its aging MiG fighters.

The Qatari aircraft, equipped to meet Mirage 2000-5 modernization standards, could significantly enhance the IAF’s two existing Mirage squadrons. Although no longer in production, these French-built jets are expected to remain a key part of India’s air defense for at least another decade.

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The final cost of the deal is yet to be determined pending a thorough evaluation of the aircraft. However, estimates suggest it could range between Rs 6,000 and 7,000 crore. The jets are believed to have substantial remaining flight hours, which would be a valuable asset for the IAF.

The package is likely to include weapons and spare parts. India is expected to negotiate firmly on the price. Integration of these aircraft into the IAF’s combat strength should be straightforward, given the existing infrastructure and personnel at Gwalior air base.

This potential acquisition underscores India’s ongoing efforts to modernize its air force and maintain a strong defensive posture in the region.