Brazilian Air Force Mirage 2000s Enter Service
06 Sep 2006
The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB - Brazilian Air Force) received the first two Mirage 2000 fighters, out of a total of 12 acquired from France. The aircraft officially entered service on September 4, 2006, with the 1º Grupo de Defesa Aérea (1º GDA), in Anapolis.
The ceremony was attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Defence Minister Waldir Pires, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, and other officials.
Two additional aircraft will be delivered in October, four in 2007 and another four in 2008. Brazilian pilots and mechanics have been trained in France. The refurbished second-hand Mirage 2000B/C, designated F-2000B/C in Brazilian service, have an estimated service life to 2025.
The 1º GDA retired its Mirage IIIs (see our special report) in December last year, and have used the AT-26 Xavante since to maintain pilot proficiency.
- Força Aérea Brasileira