In July 2016, Dassault Aviation was entrusted with a major renovation program for 55 Mirage 2000D for the Air Force. Faced with the aging of the systems on board the Mirage 2000 and the spread of deliveries of the new Rafale , such a program was considered essential to respect the fixed format of 250 combat aircraft in the fleet (Air Force and Navy) at the end of the 2019-2025 LPM.
More than a simple update of the Mirage intended to make them last beyond 2030, the mid-life renovation (RMV) of the Mirage 2000D also aims to provide them with new offensive capabilities in order to compensate for the recent withdrawal of the last Mirage F1 and the upcoming one of the latest Mirage 2000C. Between a new air-to-air missile and new capabilities in air-to-ground guided weapons, the Mirage 2000D RMV should thus acquire for the first time a rudimentary but still essential capability: that of firing a cannon. However, Dassault Aviation recently announced that it had completed the integration and validation tests of this new weapon, as recalled by Laurent Lagneau of the Opex360 site .
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