SHAH ALAM: Indonesia has purchased 12 Dassault Mirage 2000-5 from Qatar for US$745 million, Kompas newspaper reported on June 13.
According to Kompas, the purchase was made via an overseas loan. The 12 Mirages according to Kompas was purchased by Qatar in 1997 from France and the oldest is already 26-year-old.
Kompas said the Mirages were purchased as a stop gap measure pending the delivery of the 42 Dassault Rafale omni role fighters. Jakarta signed the deal for the Rafales in 2022. The Rafales replaced the 2000-5s in most countries that had purchased them in the late 80s and early 90s.
The 2000-5 were among the aircraft involved in the competition to supply fighter jets to Indonesia in the late 1980s. Indonesia in the end chose the F-16, most of which are still in service with the air force.
Malaysia had also looked at Mirage in its own fighter competition at that point but in the end bought the Mig-29 Fulcrum and the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. The Hornets remained in service with RMAF.
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