with the sending of Mirage, Emmanuel Macron takes a brand new step in his assist for kyiv | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

A Mirage 2000-5F takes off from the Luxeuil-Saint-Sauveur air base (Haute-Saône), on March 13, 2022.

Emmanuel Macron created a shock, Thursday June 6, throughout a tv interview given to TF1 and France 2, on the sidelines of the eightieth celebrations.e anniversary of the Landings, by saying that France was lastly going to ship fighter planes to Ukraine. A “transfer program” of “Mirage 2000-5” will probably be launched ” tomorrow “declared the Head of State, on the eve of a go to by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday to Paris.

Read additionally | Article reserved for our subscribers Ukrainian President Zelensky is in France to element Ukraine's “needs” vis-à-vis Russia

While quite a few sources inside the armies and the chief have prompt, in latest months, that they’d given up on this selection deemed too complicated, preferring to offer option to the sending of American F-16s proposed by different nations – Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway – this announcement marks a break. The head of state didn’t specify the variety of Mirages that might be despatched, however he indicated {that a} “coalition”, “with other partners”, was within the strategy of ” to build “, and that it might take “five to six months”.

In observe, there should not many choices for France to switch fighter jets in cheap numbers to Ukraine. The Air Force solely has a restricted variety of plane (26 Mirage 2000-5, out of some 200 Mirages and Rafales). However, these are barely sufficient to perform all of the missions for which it’s accountable every day (territorial surveillance, deterrence, participation in NATO missions, and so forth.).

Also learn the story | Article reserved for our subscribers War in Ukraine: the metamorphosis of Emmanuel Macron, dove turned hawk

The final French fighter squadron flying the Mirage 2000-5 is the 1/2 Cigognes squadron, situated on the Luxeuil base (Haute-Saône). But taking away gadgets from him and giving them to kyiv would quantity to condemning him. Another possibility, talked about by specialist circles, would due to this fact be to ship the Ukrainians Mirage 2000-5s at the moment within the fingers of Qatar, which has been looking for for a number of years to promote them to Indonesia. In February, Jakarta unexpectedly renounced this buy of twelve plane, valued at round 700 million euros.

The pilots will probably be “trained in France”

The Mirage 2000-5 are the oldest fighter planes out there to the Air Force, alongside the Mirage 2000-D, which kyiv additionally requested to be despatched. Their alternative is deliberate by 2029. However, they’re nonetheless extensively used. Particularly in Djibouti, the place plane are completely based mostly as a part of the protection settlement with the Horn of Africa to make sure air policing. Some of those planes had been deployed in March to intercept Houthi drones within the Red Sea.

You have 49.23% of this text left to learn. The relaxation is reserved for subscribers.