Mirage 2000H, MiG-29UPG, Jaguar DARIN III - Medium Multirole Aircraft of IAF

randomradio

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Despite what op-ed written by Americans like to repeatedly proclaim, Taiwan does not seem to be in any rush to get rid of its Mirage 2000. And I would dare say that right now, they're probably even less in a rush to get rid of any combat aircraft they have. As long as the airframes are airworthy, they'll keep it in service because they need all the mass they can have to deter China.

Fun fact, to protect Pelosi during her visit, they used Mirage 2000 instead of F-16.

I agree with what you say. But the jet needs to undergo an MLU.

2017:
Meanwhile, Air Force officials have met with representatives from France to discuss the possibility of upgrading Taiwan’s fleet of Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter jets. Taiwanese Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Cheng Rong-Feng told Taiwanese legislators Thursday that a request was submitted during a defense cooperation meeting between the two countries in June.

He added that France has since sought information from the Taiwanese Air Force regarding the scope of work for any potential upgrade program, as well as the number of aircraft earmarked for the upgrade. However, following the briefing, Taiwan’s parliament decided to freeze funds for the upgrade pending a written report about the program from the service.


This is a pretty serious delay, so it stands to reason there's some weight in the rumour.

Common sense says they need to upgrade it. Dunno how well that will work with politics in the way.
 

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They are now quite old...
And I have a doubt Taiwan is keen to sell it, with the actual tension wjth China.

Some in France think about a Rafale purchase to Taiwan, but :
- No order inked so far.
- The Dassault order book is full so no early delivery
- I doubt France ready to make such a blow to the chinese face.


About Taiwan :
French source said a couple of days ago that Taiwan will receive new MICA missile.
I don't know if it is the NG variant or not....
But if you order new missile, it is that you want to keep your actual bird for a while, or you intend to order another one fitted with this missile... (Rafale? I don't think it's true)

I get the feeling France isn't very interested in deepening cooperation with Taiwan, hence the delayed M2K upgrade.

It's likely that both the US and France believe Taiwan can't hold out, so don't want to risk handing over cutting edge tech only for it to end up in PLA's hands later on. There should be doubts about Taiwan's ability to protect secrets as well.
 
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