St Cloud: The acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, Dassault Aviation`s Flight Test Centre, under the patronage of Ambassador Arun K. Singh, the Indian Ambassador to France.
The ceremony was hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, and Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice President, Defence Mission Systems.
The signing of the contract for the upgrade of Indian Mirage 2000 fleet occurred in July 2011.
The maiden flight of its first upgraded Mirage 2000 was completed successfully by Dassault Aviation on the October 5, 2013, following a two year development phase dedicated to the equipment kit provided by Thales including the radar, the electronic warfare suite and the mission computer.
"Today`s ceremony is the result of the excellent understanding between the Indian and French partners and of our commitment to India. India is Dassault Aviation`s first export client and the historical relationship we nurtured with the Indian Air Force has spanned 60 years, growing from strength to strength.
The Rafale aircraft has been chosen by India after a comprehensive selection process in the frame of the MMRCA competition, and exclusive negotiation is ongoing.
The Rafale is the next logical step. HAL and Indian industries will contribute to the "Make in India" policy by developing and manufacturing the aircraft locally.
The Rafale will fulfill all of the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force and the industrial requirements of India`s economic policy as the Mirage 2000 continues to do," declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.