The Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates has announced the intention to sign a contract with Dassault Aviation and Thales for the modernization of Mirage 2000-9 fighter jet fleet, at the Dubai Airshow.
Dassault Aviation has had been supporting United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense (UAE AF & AD) for over 40 years, since the supply of Mirage 5 aircraft. This led to the acquisition of the Mirage 2000 and the Mirage 2000-9 program.
“Dassault Aviation, an undisputed partner of the United Arab Emirates for more than 40 years, is fully committed to meeting the operational needs and supporting the strategic challenges of the UAE air forces in the coming decades,” said Eric Trappier, Chief Executive Officer. of Dassault Aviation.
“Thales’ advanced digital technologies help our customers to make the optimum tactical decisions in real time. This new announcement illustrates the trust UAE Armed Forces has in Thales for more than 45 years.,” said Patrice Caine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Thales.
Mirage 2000-9 is the export variant of Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2. The UAE was the launch customer, ordering 32 new-build aircraft, comprising 20 Mirage 2000-9 single-seaters and 12 Mirage 2000-9D two-seaters. A further 30 of Abu Dhabi’s older Mirage 2000s was also be upgraded to Mirage 2000-9 standard.
The UAE’s Mirage 2000-9s are equipped for the strike mission, with the Shehab laser targeting pod (a variant of the Damocles) and the Nahar navigation pod, complementing the air-to-ground modes of the RDY-2 radar. They are also equipped with a classified countermeasures system designated “IMEWS”, which is comparable to the ICMS 3.
Emirati Mirage 2000s are armed with weapons such as the PGM 500 guided bomb and the “Black Shaheen” cruise missile, which is basically a variant of the MBDA Apache cruise missile.
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