How Hindustan Aeronautics Upgraded The Mirage 2000 And Mig 21

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a) Upgrading the Mirage -2000

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The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French airplane that is again a DPSA.  HAL is entrusted with the task of upgrading 52 Mirage fighter bombers of the IAF. Once upgraded the shelf life of the Mirage will increase by 20 years. The Mirage is a versatile plane and this upgrading will go a long way in enhancing the battle capability of the Mirage 2000. Incidentally the Mirage 2000 can also carry a nuclear weapon and as such is a force multiplier.

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The upgrades will include an installing night vision glass cockpit that will give the mirage extended capability.

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The plane will also carry advanced identifying friend or foe system (IFF) as well as a more potent navigational system. This is essential for the aircraft is meant to strike deep behind enemy lines and the advanced navigational system will be a great help in this. As the aircraft is to operate over long distances it will have fully integrated electronic suite as well as over the horizon attack capability or what is called beyond visual range capability (BVR).  This is possible with the incorporation of the latest avionics and computer systems on board the aircraft.

This up gradation has been approved by the CCPA ( cabinet Committee for Political Affairs) and is likely to cost $2.4 billion.

b)Upgrading the MIG -21

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The MIG 21 FL took to the Indian skies in 1962 and HAL flew its first prototype in 1966. HAL has been constantly upgrading the plane and the final version MIG-21 BIS is now in service. This plane will be phased out by 2018 after having served with the IAF for close to 60 years.

The IAF has upgraded 125 MIG 21’s with the help of HAL and this increased the shelf life of this plane by 20 years.  The upgrade of the MIG 21 also involved Russian help. The aircraft was fitted with the “Kopyo” multimode radar which was developed in Russia. The fitting of this airborne radar greatly increased the detection range and capability of the MIG 21 in relation to attacking ground targets. The upgraded MIG was also fitted with advanced avionics and it is a fact that the upgraded MIG could match the performance of the latest fighters in the market. The MIG 21 thus continues to rule the skies of the Indian Air Force.images?q=tbn:ANd9GcStNmwGFoa2d1ibP38PoTmupgraded cockpit of MIG

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The saga of Indian aviation has just begun and the Tejas the advanced combat aircraft is on the anvil.

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