France gifts 32 Jaguar and 2 Mirage 2000 aircraft to India

France gifts 32 Jaguar and 2 Mirage 2000 aircraft to India

France intends to gift 32 ex-French Air Force Jaguar and 2 Mirage 2000 aircrafts to India, French daily Le Point has confirmed citing high-ranking French military source.
The offer was reportedly made directly by French President Emmanuel Macron to a senior Indian official.
The procured aircraft will be used as a source of spares for aircraft already in the Indian Air Force inventory. Notably I A F is facing trouble to maintain their existing fleet of Jaguars due to spare parts availability.
On the other hand, two second hand Mirage 2000 multirole aircrafts can be fly for few years with the existing I A F Mirage fleet, then its spare parts will be used to maintain other Mirage fighters.
The deal is not surprising as the platforms are not of much use to French Air Force. They can get rid of planes that will not survive in storage condition for a long time, and the government can expect more orders for military equipment from India.
Currently, I A F has a fleet of 130 Jaguars single-seat attack aircraft, 30 Jaguar two-seat trainers and 50 Mirage 2000. Approximately 60 of these Jaguars will be modified to DARIN 3 standard by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the rest will remain at DARIN 2 standard until they’re retired.
The planned upgrades includes new multi mode radar and auto-pilot, and HAL is also considering fitting more powerful to improve performance, particularly at medium altitudes.
HAL has built 120 Jaguar deep-penetration strike aircraft under technology transfer from B A E Systems.
India has earlier signed a contract to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters from France. The jets are expected to be delivered in 2019.
Indian Air Force is benefiting from the goodwill the Rafale deal has created.