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  • Dassault Mirage 5 Attack Aircraft / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft

    The Dassault Mirage 5 fighter-bomber did not encounter the excellent global acceptance that the preceding Mirage III series did.

     Updated: 6/21/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Dassault Mirage 5 was the continuing evolution of the famous - and successful - Mirage III delta-winged platform introduced in 1961. Production saw 1,422 built and operators ranged from Argentina to Zaire. The Mirage V was developed to help fulfill a new Israeli Air Force (IAF) requirement centered on a daytime, clear weather attack aircraft. As such, it was decided to essentially simplify the Mirage IIIE for the role - this meant that the Cyrano radar set and avionics kit be removed. The changes would help to simplify both maintenance and operation of the new jet fighter, making for a cost-effective solution for the IAF.

    The Israeli government contracted Dassault for 50 aircraft in September of 1966 and a prototype went airborne for the first time on May 19th, 1967. As finalized, the aircraft resembled the earlier Mirage III some but incorporated some slight changes to its design such as a repositioning of the nose-mounted pitot tube and the addition of two weapons hardpoints. By and large, the physical characteristics remained such as the single vertical tail fin, single engine installation, and low-set delta wings.

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    Dassault Mirage 5 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1969
    Type: Attack Aircraft / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
    National Origin: France
    Manufacturer(s): Dassault Aviation - France
    Production Total: 532

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 51.02 feet (15.55 meters)
    Width: 26.97 feet (8.22 meters)
    Height: 14.76 feet (4.50 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 14,551 lb (6,600 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 30,203 lb (13,700 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x SNECMA Atar 9C turbojet engine developing 13,668 lb of thrust.

    Maximum Speed: 1,188 mph (1,912 kph; 1,032 knots)
    Maximum Range: 404 miles (650 km)
    Service Ceiling: 55,774 feet (17,000 meters; 10.56 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 36,615 feet-per-minute (11,160 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x 30mm DEFA 552A internal cannons

    Up to 8,818 lb of externally-held ordnance.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Argentina; Chile; Colombia; Egypt; France; Gabon; Libya; Pakistan; Peru; UAE; Venezuela

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Mirage 5 - Base strike aircraft model; single-seat; sans radar fit.

    Mirage 5AD - Abu Dhabi export model; 12 examples

    Mirage 5EAD - Abu Dhabi export model; with radar; 14 examples.

    Mirage 5BA - Belgian local model; production by SABCA; U.S. avionics fit.

    Mirage 5COA - Colombian export model; 14 examples; later upgraded.

    Mirage 5D - Libyan export model; 53 examples

    Mirage 5F - French Air Force model; 50 examples

    Mirage 5G - Gabon export model; three examples

    Mirage 5G-2 - Gabon upgraded model; four examples.

    Mirage 5J - Israeli export model; never delivered; becoming Mirage 5F of French Air Force.

    Mirage 5M - Zaire export model; 14 examples completed though only eight delivered.

    Mirage 5MA "Elkan" - Upgraded Mirage 5BA by Belgium for Chile.

    Mirage 5P - Peruvian export model; 22 aircraft

    Mirage 5P "Mara" - Argentine export model; upgraded Mirage 5P.

    Mirage 5P3 - Peruvian upgraded model; 10 examples

    Mirage 5P4 - Peruvian upgraded model

    Mirage 5PA - Pakistan export model; sans radar fit; 28 examples.

    Mirage 5PA2 - Pakistan export model with radar (Cyrano); 28 examples.

    Mirage 5PA3 - Pakistan export model with radar (Agave)

    Mirage 5SDE - Egyptian export model; with radar and fighter-bomber capability; 54 examples.

    Mirage 5E2 - Egyptian export model; attack platform sans radar; 16 examples.

    Mirage 5V - Venezuelan export model; six examples

    Mirage 5R - Reconnaissance variant

    Mirage 5BR - Belgian reconnaissance mark; 27 examples

    Mirage 5COR - Colombian reconnaissance mark; 2 examples.

    Mirage 5DR - Libyan reconnaissance mark; 10 examples

    Mirage 5RAD - Abu Dhabi reconnaissance mark; three examples.

    Mirage 5SDR - Egyptian reconnaissance mark; six examples.

    Mirage 5Dx - Two-Seat Trainer variant

    Mirage 50 - Upgraded Mirage 5; fighter capabilities added to attack form; uprated engine; new avionics; optional radar fitting.

    Mirage 50C - Chilean export model with radar; six examples.

    Mirage 50FC - Chilean export model with new engines; eight examples.

    Mirage 50DC - Chilean export model; two-seat trainer; down-rated Atar engine.

    Mirage 50CN "Pantera" - Local Chilean upgrade with IAI assistance; canard foreplanes added; new Kfir-style nose; new avionics fit; 15 examples.

    Mirage 50EV - Venezuelan export model; upgraded with Atar 9K-50 engine and new avionics; radar equipped; 15 examples (some upgraded from existing).

    Mirage 50DV - Venezuelan export model; three examples