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2015-03-25

Dassault Aviation: The first two Indian Mirage 2000 I/TI delivered to Indian Authorities

The first two Indian Mirage 2000 I/TI delivered to Indian Authorities

St-Cloud/La Défense-Paris, France, 25thMarch 2015-
Today, the acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000
I/TI was held at Istres, Dassault Aviation's Flight Test Centre, under the
high patronage of HE Ambassador Arun K. Singh, the Indian Ambassador to
France. The ceremony was hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation
Chairman&CEO, and Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice President,
Defence Mission Systems.

The signing of the contract for the upgrade of Indian Mirage 2000 fleet
occured in July 2011. The maiden flight of its first upgraded Mirage 2000 was
completed successfully by Dassault Aviation on the 5thOctober 2013, following
a two year development phase dedicated to the equipment kit provided by
Thales including the radar, the electronic warfare suite and the mission
computer.

"Today's ceremony is the result of the excellent understanding between the
Indian and French partners and of our commitment to India. India is Dassault
Aviation's first export client and the historical relationship we nurtured
with the Indian Air Force has spanned 60 years, growing from strength to
strength.
The Rafale aircraft has been chosen by India after a comprehensive selection
process in the frame of the MMRCA competition, and exclusive negotiation is
ongoing. The Rafale is the next logical step. HAL and Indian industries will
contribute to the "Make in India" policy by developing and manufacturing the
aircraft locally. The Rafale will fulfill all of the operational requirements
of the Indian Air Force and the industrial requirements of India's economic
policy as the Mirage 2000 continues to do "
declared Eric Trappier, Chairman&CEO of Dassault Aviation.

" This ceremony gives us the opportunity to thank our customer, the Indian Air
Force, and our long time partner, HAL, for the excellent team work we have
carried out together on the Mirage 2000 upgrade programme. Not forgetting the
many Indian companies with whom we are working on a daily basis, making the
"Make in India" policy something concrete and real, we experiment with great
success every day. Thales has been operating in India since 1953 and employs
300 people all over the country. We are trusted partners of the Indian armed
forces and have developed a strong local supply chain which helped us to make
the upgrade of the Mirage 2000 a real success story. We are ready to continue
developing this team work in the future,"
added Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice President, Defence Mission
Systems.

Technologically ambitious and based on the integration of the latest
generation equipment and systems, the first phase of the programme was
completed on schedule in France.

The rest of the fleet will be upgraded in Bangalore under the responsibility
of HAL with the complete support and involvement of Dassault Aviation and
Thales teams. This programme serves the strategic requirements of the "Make
in India" priority policy of the Indian Authorities.

This acceptance of the first two upgraded Mirage 2000 by the Indian Air Force
is a new milestone in the long term cooperation between French and Indian
industry based on cutting edge technologies and the sharing of know-how and
expertise.

This illustrious programme, conducted hand in hand with Indian industry and
Indian Air Force, is testament to the strength of the joint partnership.

About Dassault Aviation:

With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 90 countries
over the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 28 million flight hours to
date, Dassault Aviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the
design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the
Rafale fighter to the Falcon range of high-end business jets, as well as
military unmanned air systems. In 2014, Dassault Aviation reported revenues
of €3.68 billion, with around 11,600 employees.

About Thales:

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and
Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported
sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers,
Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and
services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique
international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over
the world.

Press contacts:

Dassault Aviation Military Communication

Nathalie Bakhos
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 11 82 51
nathalie.bakhos@dassault-aviation.fr

Dassault Aviation Corporate Communication

Stéphane Fort / Mathieu Durand
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 11 86 90
stephane.fort@dassault-aviation.com

mathieu.durand@dassault-aviation.com

Thales, Medias Relations, Defence Aerospace

Emmanuelle Le Fol
Tel.: +33 (0)1 57 77 91 71
emmanuelle.lefol@thalesgroup.com

For high resolutionphoto
of the Mirage 2000, visit:
http://mediapro.dassault-aviation.com/

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