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ROCAF Mirage 2000
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:09:37 AM »
From: taiwanairpower.org

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France announced in 1992 that it would offer Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighters to Taiwan. The number of aircraft considered had been rumored to be 120, but the deal was finalized as 60 aircraft (48 single-seat 2000-5Ei and 12 two-seat 2000-5Di) on November 17 of the same year. This marks the first ROCAF purchase of French fighters since the arrival 24 Dewoitine D.510C piston-engine monoplanes in 1937. The program was given the codename "Fei Lung" (Flying Dragon).

ROCAF also obtained 960 MICA medium-range and 480 Magic II short-range air-to-air missiles from Matra. The former provides the Mirage with the BVR capability needed for its role as front-line interceptor. A number of centerline twin gun pods with DEFA 554 cannons were also acquired and fitted on the two-seaters, as they do not have an internal gun armament. Other support equipment, such as auxiliary fuel tanks, helmets, and G-suits, have also been procured.

Service History

The first batch of ROCAF Mirage 2000-5, consisting of five aircraft, arrived at Hualien Harbor on the east coast of Taiwan by sea on May 6, 1997. After being unloaded, they were towed to Hualien AB, where they were unpacked and checked, and then flown to Hsinchu AB. Subsequent deliveries also followed the same procedure. The last ROCAF Mirage 2000-5 was delivered in an official ceremony on November 26, 1998.

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Re: ROCAF Mirage 2000
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 08:11:13 AM »
Taiwan Looks to Scrap Mirage 2000 Jets | airforce-technology - 22 October 2009
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The air force’s budget for 2010 shows that the operation and maintenance cost of the Mirage 2000 is earmarked at about $24,840 a flight hour.

In comparison, it costs about $4,937 a flight hour to fly the nation’s F-16 fighters and $7,715 a flight hour for the country’s self-developed indigenous defence fighters.

The air force ordered 60 Mirage jets in 1992, the first squadron of which came into service in December 1997. Currently, 57 of the planes are still in service.

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Re: ROCAF Mirage 2000
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishing.com/2017/06/19/twenty-years-of-taiwanese-mirage-2000s/

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The Republic of China Air Force’s (ROCAF’s) 499th Tactical Fighter Wing has unveiled four Mirage 2000s (serials 2003, 2017, 2020 and 2055) with identical special liveries to commemorate 20 years of service for the type.

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The paint scheme features a stylised dragon on the tail as well as P-47D, F-86, F-100 and F-104 designs on the underside of the aircraft – all types that the 499 TFW has operated during its 64 years of history.

Taiwan acquired 60 Mirage 2000-5Ei/-5Di aircraft in 1993, and the first examples were delivered in 1997. Fifty-six surviving airframes are in service with the 41st, 42nd and 48th Tactical Fighter Squadrons. Peter Ho


Photo: Formosa Military Image Press

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Re: ROCAF Mirage 2000
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 08:28:11 AM »
Cost of Taiwan’s ageing Mirage jets in spotlight again as fighter goes missing | SCMP
Published : Wednesday, 08 November, 2017, 10:16pm
Updated : Wednesday, 22 November, 2017, 1:54pm
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Taiwan’s air force grounded all of its Mirage jets after a single-seat Mirage 2000 disappeared from the radar 34 minutes after take-off on Tuesday night from a base in Hsinchu across the Taiwan Strait from Fujian province during a routine training exercise, air force deputy commander Lieutenant General Chang Che-ping said on Wednesday.

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It is the sixth major accident involving Mirages since Taiwan bought 60 of the aircraft from France two decades ago. In that time, 10 per cent of the jets have crashed.

Military analysts said a lack of maintenance on the aircraft might be a major cause of the crashes, as more of the island’s shrinking defence budget was earmarked for US weapons.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119000/cost-taiwans-ageing-mirage-jets-spotlight-again-fighter

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Re: ROCAF Mirage 2000
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 08:29:41 AM »

A Taiwanese Air Force Mirage 2000-5 in the foreground and an AIDC F-CK-1 IDF in the background. (Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense)