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Brazil Purchases 12 Used Mirage 2000s (Jul 18)

Brazil has purchased twelve surplus Mirage 2000 combat aircraft. The agreement was signed during the official visit to Paris by Brazilian President Lula da Silva to Paris, where he was the guest of honour for the July 14th Bastille Day celebrations.

The Elysee Palace announced the agreement was signed by Brazilian Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim and French Defence minister Michelle Alliot-Marie.

The aircraft, fitted with the RDI pulse-doppler radar, were previously flown by the French air force and are being supplied at a price of approx. 85 million euros, including ground support equipment. Originally agreed to in the spring, the deal was held up by the high price requested by the French air force for an engine test bed required by Brazil, sources say.

President Lula’s three days visit began July 14th when next to President Jacques Chirac he reviewed the military parade that, on this occasion, included Brazilian infantry and seven “Tucano” training aircraft.

The air parade was closed by the seven Brazilian designed and built single-engined Tucano turboprop trainers belonging to the Brazilian air force’s aerial display team.

Brazil Purchases 12 Used Mirage 2000 Fighter from France