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  • roberto_yeager
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    #81
    Could be a Pod Thomson-CSF PDL-CT (Pod de Dsignation Laser-Camra Thermique)?

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    • BlackArcher
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      #82
      Does anyone know what Mirage-2000 variant it is that the French are selling to the IAF? 2 of them are to be sold to the IAF and my guess was that they would trainers since the IAF lost 2 trainers in 2012-13 in crashes. These 2 would then be upgraded using the kits that were ordered prior to the 2 crashes.

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      • eagle
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        #83
        What pod is it on the forward right (Gun I guess) ? Is this picture recent and linked to a new configuration of use ? Strange unusual config...
        It is carrying a 30mm gun pod plus PDLCT-S targeting pod. No idea about the gun pod designation. Edit: is it a CC-420 with the rear fairing removed?

        The configuration itself is probably not what would be used operationally... just showcasing what is possible.

        What about AASMs at the rear fuselage pylons, has or will that be cleared? That would allow 4x 250 kg PGMs, gun plus tageting pod.
        Last edited by eagle; 19th October 2018, 18:40.
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        • halloweene
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          #84
          On rear points are Mark 82 i guess. Interesting parts are (i)= the MICA pylons and (II) dual A/G armament (new capabilities)
          Last edited by halloweene; 22nd October 2018, 11:35.

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          • Kovy
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            #85
            The configuration itself is probably not what would be used operationally... just showcasing what is possible.
            On the contrary, it is a specific configuration asked by the French Air Force for the MLU of the Mirage 2000D. It is currently under test and it is certainly intended to be used (The French Air Force doesn't have money to waste on a useless config photo shoot)
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            • TomcatViP
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              #86
              I would have preferred to see an an adaptation of the Taiwan pod (a pair of modern DEFA 554 canons):Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	1 Size:	104.4 KB ID:	3839248
              Last edited by TomcatViP; 28th October 2018, 17:00.

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              • eagle
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                #87
                On the contrary, it is a specific configuration asked by the French Air Force for the MLU of the Mirage 2000D. It is currently under test and it is certainly intended to be used (The French Air Force doesn't have money to waste on a useless config photo shoot)
                Really? What kind of mission needs a GBU-24, usually used against high-value targets, gun, usually required for CAS, and 2 iron bombs?

                I would have preferred to see an an adaptation of the Taiwan pod (a pair of modern DEFA 554 canons):
                Why an adaption? As you can see it's already integrated. No need for an adaption.
                But it blocks the centerline. The raison d'tre for adapting the other gun pod is it allows to still carry heavy stuff under the fuselage.
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                • TomcatViP
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                  #88
                  It seems that they don't need the two guns. Hence by "adaptation" I meant something new around the better canon.

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                  • Kovy
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                    #89
                    Really? What kind of mission needs a GBU-24, usually used against high-value targets, gun, usually required for CAS, and 2 iron bombs?
                    Same kind of mission as these guys: air interdiction with a pinch of CAS (These are current operational loadout used by the USAF in Sirya)

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                    The GBU-24 on the Mirage 2000D is the A/B version with the Blu-109 body, intended to destroy hardened targets or underground facilities. (like IS tunnels in Sirya for example)
                    Last edited by Kovy; 28th October 2018, 21:05.
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                    • eagle
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                      #90
                      It seems that they don't need the two guns. Hence by "adaptation" I meant something new around the better canon.
                      If they need two guns, they can carry the twin pod.
                      If they want the newer DEFA in the single pod, surely that could be done.


                      Same kind of mission as these guys: air interdiction with a pinch of CAS (These are current operational loadout used by the USAF in Sirya)

                      The GBU-24 on the Mirage 2000D is the A/B version with the Blu-109 body, intended to destroy hardened targets or underground facilities. (like IS tunnels in Sirya for example)
                      None of the bombs there are GBU-24s or unguided Mk 82s. Which is exactly my point. If you ever see an F-15E toting GBU-24s, it will probably (as in 99.9% probability) not carry Mk 82s at the same time.
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                      • Kovy
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                        #91
                        None of the bombs there are GBU-24s or unguided Mk 82s. Which is exactly my point. If you ever see an F-15E toting GBU-24s, it will probably (as in 99.9% probability) not carry M 82s at the same time.
                        France doesn't operate the GBU-31 hence the GBU-24 on the 2000D (Yet, the body is of the same BLU-109 type).

                        I see 2 reasons for the MK-82 instead of the 500 lbs GBU carried by the F-15E and A-10:
                        1- AFAIK, the Mirage 2000D can't launch GBUs from the rear fuselage points and opening this option was judged too costly for the MLU. Therefore it has to make do with air burst MK-82 instead.
                        2- During the Mali conflict the Mirage 2000D operated alongside the Mirage F1; the 2000D carrying GBUs and the F1 carrying MK-82 airburst bombs. The combo proved quite effective. The MLU of the Mirage 2000D allows to carry both GBU and low cost MK-82 Air burst at the same time on the same aircraft which is a nice operational improvement. (BTW, another load opened by the MLU is 2 GBU-12/49 on the center fuselage point + 2 MK-82)

                        But keep in mind that this MLU is driven by getting as much operational options as possible in a very tight budget. No doubt that if the French Air Force had the same budget as the USAF for upgrading and operating its aircraft's, 500 lbs GBU or SBU with fancy fuse programing would have been adoped to replace the dumb bombs at the rear fuselage points...

                        Eventualy the FAF prefered to integrate a low colateral damage laser guided weapon on the rear fuselage points : the BAT-120 LG (again more operational options for current conflicts at the lowest possible cost):

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                        Last edited by Kovy; 30th October 2018, 23:38.
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                        • TomcatViP
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                          #92
                          [I]AF Team to Visit France to inspect Two Mirage-2000 Trainers


                          France has offered India two Mirage-2000 fighter planes, virtually free at a very nominal cost.

                          Officials said the team will visit Chateaudun French air force base situated close to the French capital, Paris.

                          Reports said India has accepted the offer, but the team will judge the quality of the fighter planes. With the induction of the two gifts, the IAF will have two additional Mirage-2000 fighter jets to the fleet of 50 odd.
                          Source:
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