In the wee hours of Tuesday, Feb 25, Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 fighter jets entered Pakistani airspace and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror launchpads with 1000 KG laser-guided bombs. This move by Indian Air Force came after 11 days when on Feb 14 a CRPF convoy was attacked in Pulwama where more than 40 brave Indian soldiers lost their life in a cowardly attack claimed by terrorists of JeM.
The Mirage 2000 fighter jets are made by Dassault Aviation, the French Aviation Brand which also manufactures the Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts.
Here are few interesting facts about Mirage-2000
Mirage 2000 is also known as ‘Vajra’, a Sanskrit word meaning lightening thunderbolt.
‘Vajra’ can carry up to 6000 Kg of payloads.
Mirage 2000 is 42 years old. It took its first flight on 1978.
Operational with the French Air Force since 1984. Selected by Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Greece, India, Pery, Qatar, Taiwan and UAE.
There are more than 500 different variants of Mirage operational across the world.
The Dassault Mirage-2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter.
Mirage-2000 is equipped with nine hardpoints for carrying weapon system payloads: five on the fuselage and two on each wing. The single-seat version is also armed with two internally mounted, high-firing-rate 30mm guns.
Equipped to carry a range of air-to-surface missiles and weapons including laser-guided bombs.
India has bought 36 single-seater and four twin-seaters Mirage jets in 1982.The government decided to order 10 more jets in 2004.
A 2.4 billion USD deal was signed with France to upgrade existing jets in 2011. the Mirage-2000 were upgraded to an advanced and more lethal Mirage 2000-5 Mk, which were delivered in 2018
Dassault Aviation claims that Mirage 2000 jets can reach up to a height of 60,000 feet and can travel with a speed of Mach 2.2. No wonder, IAF finished this operation within an hour.
India initially had placed an order of 36 single-seater Mirage-2000 and four twin-seater Mirage 2000 in 1982 and after seeing its success, the government placed an additional order of 10 Mirage-2000 planes in 2004, taking the total tally to 50 jets.