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Brazil sells its Mirage 2000s to French company that will use them as Contracted Aggressors

The Brazilian Air Force finally managed to sell nine Mirage 2000s that were withdrawn from service in 2013.

Brazil found a customer for its former Mirage 2000s.

Intelligence Online reported that the Força Aerea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) finally managed to sell nine Mirage 2000s that were withdrawn from service in 2013. The Mirage 2000, baptized F-2000 in Brazil, has been active in the country’s air defence since 2006 and have completed more than 10,000 flight hours. According to Scramble Facebook News the aircraft involved are F-2000B 4933 and F-2000Cs 4940 (special markings), 4941, 4942, 4943, 4944, 4945, 4947 and 4949.

The company who is reported to have bought the nine Mirage 2000s is French company Procor, which is based near Paris (France). This company would seek to position itself on the market of Aggressor Squadrons.

Twelve second hand Mirage 2000s were purchased from France as a temporary solution pending the arrival of the new generation fighter aircraft in Brazil. The actual lot of 11 aircraft consisted of nine Mirage 2000C and two Mirage 2000B that were delivered to Brazil between 2006 and 2008. The sale of the remaining F-2000s was already initiated in 2016, but it had not been successful. A new announcement was made at the end of 2018 with a new price for the lot reduced to USD 452,000. The price range differs from USD 7,300 for F-2000C 4944 to almost USD 63,000 for F-2000B 4933.

In September 2015 Brazil finalized the US$4.68 billion purchase of 36 Saab Gripen E fighters to be delivered between 2019 and 2024.

Gripen E/F is part of the Gripen E-series and a new fighter aircraft system. Developed to counter and defeat advanced future threats, the E-series is for customers with more pronounced threats or wider territories to secure. The E-series has a new and more powerful engine, improved range performance and the ability to carry greater payloads. It also has a new AESA-radar, InfraRed Search and Track system, highly advanced electronic warfare and communication systems together with superior situational awareness. The E-series redefines air power for the 21st century by extending operational capabilities.

Photo credit: Ministério da Defesa and Saab

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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