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.
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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.