The Mirage 2000 was initially conceived as an
interceptor, but it has developed into
fully fledged multi-role fighter. The Mirage 2000 isnīt unique as far as itīs development goes. Much the same can be said for the F1 and Mirage 3 and 5 as well. However, whereas foreign companies were responsible for the longevity of the Mirage 3, the F1 and Mirage 2000 developments have by and large been initiated by Dassault (mostly to satisfy a domestic requirement).
In AdlA service one can classify the Mirage 2000 fleet into two categories, namely air defence and strike (conventional and nuclear). The airframes are either single seat (2000 C and 2000-5F) or two seat versions (2000 D and 2000 N).
The export aircraft can be classified as being either first generation 2000E(country suffix) and the second generation Dash 5 and Dash 5 MkII.The first generation export models were based on the early French 2000C-S2 with the RDM
radar. Some export models actually feature Electronic Warfare (EW) components better than that used by the AdlA. While the configuration of the Greek, Peruvian and Egyptian aircraft is known, the exact equipment fit of the Indian aircraft
is a matter for conjecture.
It has been stated that at least some Indian planes have the Antilope radar and the twin INS navigation of the French D model. This, if true, indicates that the Indian Airforce uses itīs planes as single
seat strike aircraft. It is known that India and Israel are collaborating on the development of a precision strike capability. Israeli literature suggests that the Litening Target Designator Pod has been integrated into the Mirage 2000.
The only conceivable explaination is that the Indians have purchased this pod.