June 14, 2024
How many Mirage fighters can Ukraine get from France: numbers
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How many Mirage fighters can Ukraine get from France: numbers

After French President Emmanuel Macron announced on June 6 that the country would send Mirage 2000−5 aircraft to Ukraine, the French publication La Tribune tried to calculate how many such aircraft Ukraine could receive. The publication notes that the Mirage 2000−5 or 2000−9 (improved version) aircraft fleet is owned by only three countries, except France, — Qatar, Greece and the UAE. Mirage 2000−5 aircraft”, — write on: ua.news

After French President Emmanuel Macron announced on June 6 that the country would send Mirage 2000−5 aircraft to Ukraine, the French publication La Tribune tried to calculate how many such aircraft Ukraine could receive.

The publication notes that the Mirage 2000−5 or 2000−9 (improved version) aircraft fleet is owned by only three countries, except France, — Qatar, Greece and the UAE.

The Mirage 2000−5 aircraft, which entered service with the French Air Force in April 1998, are used in France mainly for air control and air defense missions. They have been deployed several times in the Baltic states to carry out NATO missions aimed at deterring Russian aircraft from entering Western airspace. They also participated in Hamilton-type operations in Syria to destroy chemical weapons stockpiles in April 2018.

The article notes that to maintain its squadron, France needs 20 Mirage aircraft, and it has 26. However, six aircraft are too few to really help Ukraine, which seeks to close a gap in its anti-aircraft defense, French journalists write.

The publication reminds that, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Ukraine needs 120-130 Western aircraft to match the Russians, and in August of last year the Netherlands and Denmark pledged to deliver 61 F-16s to Ukraine, Norway — 22 aircraft, and Belgium — 30.

Journalists suggest that six Mirage aircraft would also be insufficient to satisfy Emmanuel Macron’s ambitions to remain at the center of the political game on aid to Ukraine. The publication writes that the most likely range is from six to 12 combat aircraft, but this will complicate the organization of flights and maintenance of the Air Force fleet.

Commenting on the question of which of the other three countries that have Mirage 2000 aircraft could give them up or sell them, La Tribune points out that a day before his visit to France, where he took part in the celebrations to mark the 80 anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, Zelensky was in Qatar.

“It would be surprising if Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not raise this topic before the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Especially since Doha is desperate to sell its 12 Mirage 2000−5s. And the Ukrainian president met with Dassault Aviation on Friday. The aircraft manufacturer could be entrusted with the necessary modifications to the Scalp (the software framework, in particular the cable junction) in a time frame compatible with the aircraft’s end-of-year delivery schedule,” the article notes.

Journalists write that there is also a possibility that Ukraine will receive 25 Greek Mirage 2000−5, which are adapted to launch Scalp missiles, but if Greece wants to sell them to buy six additional Rafale aircraft, India will be very interested in their purchase.

Earlier we wrote that the French Mirage 2000 multipurpose aircraft are effective machines, but they do not compensate for Ukraine’s F-16.

Also, let us remind you that the General Staff of the Greek Air Force is looking for a buyer ready to acquire 18 multi-role fighters of the fourth generation Dassault Mirage 2000EGM/BGM, which served the 332nd Hawk Squadron for more than 30 years, until 2022.

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