A military ceremony held at Anapolis Air Base in Brazil on Friday 20 December marked the formal end of Mirage 2000 operations in the Força Aérea Brasileira ( FAB ). In January, F-5EM fighters will take over their role, protecting Brazilian airspace.
The Mirage 2000, baptized FAB F-2000 in Brazil, served the Latin American country since 2006. The fleet of twelve aircraft completed more than 10,000 hours of flight. The Mirage 2000 was purchased second hand from France as a temporary solution for fighter coverage over Brazil. The initial plan was that the jets would stop at the end of 2011, but with tweaks six aircraft remained flying until now. The government last week announced the acquisition of Saab Gripen E/F fighter as replacements.
Until the new fighters arrive, the air defense mission is in the hands of the F-5EM fighters. A group of six pilots remain in Anapolis and fly the F-5s. With the retirement of the Mirage 2000, ‘Jaguar’ squadron will be without aircraft. The Brazilian air force will then start working on composing the first group that will operate the new Gripens.
Source: Força Aérea Brasileira
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