UAE set to upgrade its Mirage 2000-9 fighters
The Armed Forces are set to upgrade their Mirage 2000-9 jet fighters.
Maj Gen Ishaq Al Balushi said the Government intended to sign a deal with French companies Dassault Aviation and Thales to modernise the fighter group.
The announcement was made at the Dubai Air Show and reported by Wam. It was not immediately clear when the deal would be signed. The UAE and Lockheed Martin have signed a US$1.6 billion (Dh5.8bn) deal to upgrade F-16s.
Those aircraft and Dassault Mirages form the backbone of the Air Force fighters. Many UAE pilots learnt to fly in Mirages during the 1970s.
In 1998, the UAE bought 32 new Mirage 2000-9 jets, while 30 of the older Mirage 2000s were revamped.
The Mirage was developed in the 1970s and is a single-engine jet fighter. Hundreds were made, and they are used by several countries.
There have been previous reports the UAE was considering buying the Rafale, Dassault’s advanced fighter, but no firm deals have been made.
A Mirage 2000-9 performing at the Dubai Airshow at Al Maktoum International Airport