There is no proposal to ground Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft as there was no doubt regarding its reliability as an operational platform, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Lok Sabha today.
"As of now there is no proposal to ground the aircraft. These aircraft are amongst the most modern fightern aircraft in the Indian Air Force inventory," he said during Question Hour.
Observing that the flight safety record of the fighter since its induction has been "excellent", Mukherjee said its operational capability had also stood the test of time in all crisis situation incluidng the Kargil conflict.
"There is no doubt regarding the reliability of this aircraft as an operational platform", he added.
Answering a question on the number of crashes of fighter planes since 2001, the Defence Minister said a total of 54 aircraft, including three Mirages, eight Jaguars and different types of MiGs, had crashed between 2001 and November nine this year.
The government had suffered a total loss of about Rs 1540 crore in these 54 air crashes, Mukherjee added.