What are the Mirage 2000-5, which France will cede to Ukraine? | EUROtoday

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VS'was an choice thought of for a number of months. Emmanuel Macron introduced this Thursday, June 6, throughout an interview given to the tv information of TF1 and France 2, the sale of French fighter planes, Mirage 2000-5, “within the year” in kyiv , with out specifying the quantity. “The Mirage 2000-5 will allow Ukraine to protect its soil and its airspace,” mentioned the top of state.

These planes will thus enable higher floor help for the troops and problem entry to the sky for Russian fighters and bombers. The Ukrainian pilots shall be skilled in France for “five to six” months, he mentioned. The French president desires kyiv to have these tricolor planes “by the end of the year”.

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Produced by the Dassault group, the Mirage 2000-5 is a modernized model of the 2000-C put into service in 1999, which has applied sciences impressed by these of the Rafale. Among these enhancements, a radar able to detecting as much as 24 targets concurrently, with an improved detection vary, and the potential for finishing up simultaneous firing of MICA missiles on a number of targets.

14.65 m lengthy and with a wingspan of 9.13 m, this Mirage reaches 5.20 m excessive. According to the Ministry of the Armed Forces, it could actually attain velocity Mach 2.2, or 2.2 occasions the velocity of sound. It is due to this fact optimized for interception operations at excessive altitude and supersonic speeds.

The French Air Force has round forty Mirage 2000-5s in its fleet. Four of them had already been deployed to supply air policing in Estonia final November, as a part of the NATO mission referred to as Enhanced Air Policing and strengthened in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

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