‘Over 10,000 cr plan finalised for upgrading Mirage fleet’

‘Over 10,000 cr plan finalised for upgrading Mirage fleet’

New Delhi: The government has finalised a proposal worth 10,947 crore to upgrade the entire fleet of 51 Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft in the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“The proposal for upgrade of Mirage-2000 aircraft fleet of IAF has been finalised. The proposal envisages upgradation of first two aircraft in France by Thales and Dassault aviation in France," defence minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha or Upper House on Wednesday.

“Subsequent upgrade of balance aircraft will take place in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore. The upgrade will enhance avionics as well as weapons delivery capability of the aircraft. The upgrade is expected to be completed within a period of ten years," he said.

Replying to another question on procurement of high speed boats for the Sagar Prahari Bal, the minister said a contract for acquisition of 15 fast interceptor craft (FIC) was concluded in March 2010.

“Three of these FICs have been delivered in May, 2011. Delivery of next three FIC is scheduled in September this year. Delivery of remaining FIC is scheduled to be completed by 2012," he said.

A proposal for procurement of 80 FICs is being progressed in accordance with the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), Antony said.

On DRDO’s integrated thermally regulated shelters for soldiers, he said, “Two ITRS have been constructed at Leh and handed over to Army."