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FAB Performs Deactivation Ceremony of Mirage 2000 Fighters

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    FAB Performs Deactivation Ceremony of Mirage 2000 Fighters
    (Source: Brazilian air force; issued Dec. 20, 2013)
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    A military ceremony held at Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) on Friday Dec. 20 marked the symbolic retirement of the Brazilian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter. The aircraft will remain in operation until the end of the month to protect the federal capital, and will be replaced from January 1 by F-5EM fighters.

    The Mirage, designated F-2000 by the Brazilian air force (FAB) has provided air defense coverage since 2006, and have logged more than 10,000 flight hours. For Lt. Col. Eric Breviglieri, a pilot with 1,038 flight hours on the mirage, the aircraft met all the requirements while in operation. "The Mirage is an excellent machine and it will be very valuable in helping us make the leap with the Gripen. The concepts and the use of Mirage will make it easier for us to adapt to the Gripen,â€￾ he says.

    The 12 Mirages were purchased second-hand from France as a temporary solution to Brazil’s requirement for a high performance fighter. It was initially planned they would be retired in 2011, but with upgrades six aircraft were able to remain in service. The Government has just announced the acquisition of a Mirage replacement, the Gripen NG made by Sweden's Saab.

    Until the new fighters arrive, the air defense missions previously performed by the Mirage will be flown by F-5EM fighters, the recently modernized variant of the Northrop F-5E Tiger. The three operational F-5 squadrons, based in Rio de Janeiro, Manaus and Canoas, will take over the air defense mission from Annapolis with their own aircraft. "From January 1, F-5 aircraft will take the air defense, and both Anapolis and the Central Plateau will be protected," said Brigadier Air Luiz Fernando Aguiar, Commander of the Third Air Force (III MEF).

    With the retirement of the Mirage, the Annapolis-based Jaguar Squadron will be left without aircraft. A group of six pilots will stay at Anapolis to keep the unit active, and will continue flying on the F-5.

    In future, they will form the first unit to receive the new Gripen NG.
     
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