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Dassault Mirage 2000

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole fighter jet created in 1978 by the Dassault Aviation based on the Mirage III the mirage 2000 was the last operational aircraft of the Mirage Family. Over 600 aircraft were built.

DescriptionEdit

Mirage 2000 is a low-set delta wing combat aircraft which is an extremely agile and manoeuvrable fighter developed for the French Air Force. The Mirage 2000 started its service life as an interceptor, designated 2000C and the two-seat trainer 2000B. The 2000-5 is a multi-role variant capable of using the Super 530D or Skyflash Air-to-Air Missiles. Initially ordered 37 Mirage 2000C by the French Air Force have been updated to 2000-5 standard, designated 2000-5F. Export models are designated 2000E for the single seat fighters and 2000ED for two-seat trainers and 2000ER for single seat recce variants.

The Mirage 2000P (Penetration), later designated 2000N (Nuclear), is a low-altitude attack aircraft capable of delivering the ASMP tactical nuclear missile and was based on the Mirage 2000B two-seat trainer variant. It has a revised avionics suite and strengthened fuselage for the low-altitude role and the Antilope 5 nose radar, which is optimized for terrain following, ground mapping and navigation are has additional air-to-air and air-to-sea modes. The rear seat is occupied by a WSO which has twin navigation systems and an additional moving
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Mirage 2000 of the Peruvian Air Force

map. The aircraft configurated with only the ASMP missile and 2 Magic AAMs is designated 2000N-K1, while the K2 configuration can also carry alternative loads.

Developed from the 2000N-K2 is the Mirage 2000D, equipped with GPS it is developed for the use of laser guided weapons, but is not capable of carrying the ASMP missile. The 2000D-R1N1L is equipped with laser guided weapons and Magic AAMs only, while the R1 configuration can be equipped with the full range of conventional weapons. The R2 configuration is upgraded with a fully integrated self-defence suite and is compatible with the Apache stand-off weapons dispenser. The export model of the Mirage 2000D is designated 2000S, where the S stands for Strike.

Mirage 2000-9 is the designation for the upgraded version of the Mirage 2000 export models of the United Arab Emirates.

Dassault is now marketing the Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2 which will be built either as a new aircraft or retrofitted from currently operated Mirage 2000Cs or 2000Es. It features an integrated mission system with a glass cockpit, digital modular avionics and enhanced communications.

VariantsEdit

  • Mirage 2000B - Two-seat training aircraf
    Mirage 2000 of French Air Force (reg 362), static display, Radom AirShow 2005, Poland

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  • Mirage 2000C - Single-seat fighter, first version to enter in production
  • Mirage 2000N - Version designed to carry nuclear weapons
  • Mirage 2000D - Two seat conventional fighter-bomber aircraft

OperatorsEdit

France
Variant Purpose Number
2000C Single-seat fighter 124
Updated to 2000-5F specs 37
2000D Two-seat conventional strike 86
2000N Two-seat nuclear strike 75
2000B Two-seater with 2000C kit 30
Total 315
India
2000H To be upgraded to 2000-5 Mk 2 41
2000TH Two-seat trainer to be upgraded to Mk 2 10
Total 51
United Arab Emirates
2000EAD Single-seat multirole 22
2000-9 Single-seat 20
2000-9D Two-seat trainer 12
2000RAD Unique reconnaissance variant 8
2000DAD Two-seat trainer 6
Total 68
Republic of China (Taiwan)
2000-5EI Similar to 2000-5 48
2000-5DI Similar to 2000-5D 12
Total 60
Greece
2000EG Similar to 2000C 17
2000-5 Mk 2 Multirole fighter 25
2000BG Two-seat trainer 3
Total 45
Egypt
2000EM Similar to 2000C 16
2000BM Two-seat trainer 4
Total 20
Qatar
2000-5EDA Single-seat fighter 9
2000-5DDA Two-seat trainer 3
Total 12
Peru
2000P Single-seat multirole fighter 10
2000DP Two-seat trainer 2
Total 12
Brazil
2000C Single-seat fighter 10
2000B Two-seat trainer 2
Total 12

SpecificationsEdit

General CharacteristicsEdit

  • Crew: 1
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    Brazilian Mirage 2000BR in commemorative painting

  • Length: 14.36 m (47 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.13 m (29 ft)
  • Height: 5.20 m (17 ft)
  • Wing area: 41 m² (441.3 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,500 kg (16,350 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 13,800 kg (30,420 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 17,000 kg (37,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1× SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 64.3 kN (14,500 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 95.1 kN (21,400 lbf)

PerformanceEdit

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,333+ km/h, 1,450+ mph) at high altitude/ 1,110 km/h (690 mph) at low altitude
  • Range: 1,550 km (837 nmi, 963 mi) with drop tanks
  • Ferry range: 3,335 km (1,800 nmi, 2,073 mi) with auxiliary fuel
  • Service ceiling: 17,060 m (59,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 285 m/s (56,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 337 kg/m² (69 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.91

ArmamentEdit

AvionicsEdit

  • Thomson-CSF RDY (Radar Doppler Multi-target) radar

See alsoEdit

Related DevelopmentEdit

Comparable AircraftEdit

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