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  • Dassault Mirage 2000 Multirole Aircraft

    The French Dassault Mirage 2000 multirole fighter was developed to replace the aging Mirage III and 5 series aircraft and brought back the familiar Dassault delta wing design.

     Updated: 6/23/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force for the last three decades. She has since proven a capable performer under extreme combat conditions and has seen actions across Europe, the Middle East and - more recently - in North Africa as a part of the NATO contingent enforcing the "No-Fly Zone" over Libya as a result of the February 2011 rebellion uprising. Despite the aircraft currently being replaced by the much more advanced Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter, the Dassault Mirage 2000 still plays a role in operations of the French Air Force today - and the air forces of other countries around the world.

    Dassault Aviation

    The French Dassault Aviation concern made for itself a considerable name during the Cold War. The firm was founded in 1930 and headquartered out of Paris, France. While World War 2 in Europe disrupted much of its early potential, the firm regrouped during the formative rebuilding years in France. After the war, the concern generated some of the finest jet-powered French platforms which went on to see considerable success in the overseas market. In 1979, the French government bought Dassault stock shares and went on to own upwards of 46% of the company. Today, the firm employs over 12,400 personnel.

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    Dassault Mirage 2000C Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1979
    Type: Multirole Aircraft
    National Origin: France
    Manufacturer(s): Dassault Aviation - France
    Production Total: 611

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 47.11 feet (14.36 meters)
    Width: 29.95 feet (9.13 meters)
    Height: 17.06 feet (5.20 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 16,535 lb (7,500 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 37,479 lb (17,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x SNECMA M53-P2 turbofan with afterburner developing 21,385 lb of thrust.

    Maximum Speed: 1,453 mph (2,338 kph; 1,262 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,150 miles (1,850 km)
    Service Ceiling: 54,035 feet (16,470 meters; 10.23 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 56,000 feet-per-minute (17,069 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x 30mm DEFA internal cannons

    Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:

    Matra Magic 2 air-to-air missiles
    Matra Super 530D air-to-air missiles
    Matra Super 530S air-to-air missiles
    Laser-Guided Bombs
    Conventional Dumb Bombs
    Anti-Runway Munition Dispensers
    Anti-Runway Bombs
    Cluster Bombs
    AS-30L air-to-surface missiles
    Armat anti-radiation anti-radar missiles
    AM 39 Exocet anti-ship missiles
    Nuclear Stand-Off Missiles

    Global Operators / Customers

    Brazil; Egypt; France; Greece; India; Peru; Qatar; United Arab Emirates

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Mirage 2000B - Operational Trainer; lengthened fuselage for second cockpit.

    Mirage 2000C - Single-Seat Interceptor; fitted with M53-P2 21,384lb turbofan engine; RDI pulse Doppler radar.

    Mirage 2000D - Two-Seat Model with Ground Strike capable based on 2000N model; all-weather capabilities.

    Mirage 2000E - Single-seat Multirole Export Model based on 2000C model with RDM radar system.

    Mirage 2000ED - Two-seat Training Export Model based on the 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000N - Two-Seat Nuclear Stand-Off Model; based on the 2000B model with improved low-level operating capabilities.

    Mirage 2000R - Single-seat Reconnaissance Model

    Mirage 2000-5 - Modernized Multi-role Model with upgraded avionics, radar systems, uprated powerplant and Matra Mica missile compatibility.

    Mirage 2000M - Egyptian Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000H - Indian Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000P - Peruvian Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    2000-5EI - Tawain Egyptian Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000EDA - Qatar Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000EAD/RAD - UAE Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000EG - Greek Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000BR - Brazilian Designation; Mirage 2000E model.

    Mirage 2000-9 - Export Model to UAE