Brazil operates a fleet of 12 Mirage 2000 single and two-seat fighter planes that are used for air-defense purposes.
The Mirages, known as “Jaguars” in the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB), were obtained from a French Air Force surplus between 2006 and 2008. They are assigned to the 1º Grupo de Defesa Aérea (1º GDA – 1st Air Defence Group), based at Annapolis, in Central-West Brazil, and they will be withdrawn from service by the end of 2013.
For this reason, the cool image taken by an FAB photographer from the backseat of a Mirage 2000B may be one of the last ones shot aboard the French plane.
The Mirage 2000 was to be replaced by the future Brazilian fighter F-X2. However, until a next generation fighter plane is selected (the procurement of a new fighter jet started at the beginning of the 2000s as F-X….), Brazil will replace the Mirages with some upgraded F-5 Tigers.
Image credit: FAB
The photographer is from FAB, Força Aérea Brasileira, not FBA.
What an irony! A Mirage 2000 will be replaced with an upgraded F-5E.
Evolution of Brazilian aircraft:
Mirrage 2000C for F5, years later in 2030;
F5 to Santos Dumont 14-bis, years later in 2060;
14-bis for plane A4 paper sheet.
This is my Brazil where it is important to build football stadium.
And it is not by 0.50 cents ….
Shame on you!
Keep the Mirages, wait for something besides upgraded F-5’s. They’re smoking the good homegrown in Brazil I see!…