Dassault Aviation would have completed testing of the CC-422 canon pod for the modernized Mirage 2000D

In July 2016, Dassault Aviation was awarded a major renovation program for 55 Mirage 2000D assault aircraft of the Air Force. Faced with the aging of the systems on board the Mirage 2000 and the staggering of deliveries of the new Rafales, such a program was deemed essential to respect the fixed format of 250 combat aircraft in the park (Air Force and French Navy) at the end of the 2019-2025 LPM.

More than a simple update of the Mirages intended to make them last beyond 2030, the mid-life renovation (RMV) of the Mirage 2000D also aims to provide them with new offensive capabilities in order to compensate for the recent withdrawal of the last Mirage F1 and that, next, of the last Mirage 2000C. Between a new air-to-air missile and new air-to-ground guided weapons capabilities, the Mirage 2000D RMV should thus acquire for the first time a rudimentary but still essential capacity: that of firing a cannon. However, Dassault Aviation has recently announced that it has completed the integration and validation tests for this new weapon, as Laurent Lagneau recalls from the Opex360 site.

The Mirage 2000B have been designed to be able to carry a cannon pod under the ventral point, but not under the air intake. It was therefore necessary to check that the carrying and the shots did not cause aerodynamic disturbances or uncontrollable vibrations.

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