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ENAER Mirage 50CN Pantera

Chile (1975)
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The ENAER Pantera was a locally-upgraded Chilean Air Force Mirage 50 mark made possible with Israeli assistance.


Detailing the development and operational history of the ENAER Mirage 50CN Pantera Multirole Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 8/31/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The French aviation concern of Dassault found success with its Mirage 3 jet-powered interceptor platform to which production totaled 1,422 and led to widespread use all over the world from Argentina to Zaire. From this platform was spawned the capable Mirage 5 attack model which entered service with the French Air Force in the late 1960s and, once again, global operators soon followed. While its total production netted just 582 examples it proved a viable attack system built upon the successes of the supersonic Mirage III. The Mirage V model went on to spawn the Israeli "Nesher" multirole and "Kfir" fighter-bomber forms in due time.

In the 1970s, the uprated Atar 09K-50 series engine was added to the line and a Cyrano IV radar suite was installed as part of a new avionics package upgrade. With improved performance, the Mirage V was now offered in its new "Mirage 50" guise though takers on the foreign market proved slim on the whole - Chile being the only real operator with Venezuela following. The Chilean Mirage 50s were expanded along their own lines into several subvariants of the base model - the Mirage 50C were six standard attack systems and the Mirage 50FC came from a batch of eight aircraft fitted with new engines. The Mirage 50DC was a trio of two-seat trainer-minded aircraft built for the Chilean Air Force and fitted with down-rated Atar 9C-3 engines.
The Chilean Air Force aircraft came from both existing stocks of fighters as well as new-build aircraft. It was sometime later that these aircraft were upgraded for the Chilean Air Force by the local concern of ENAER with Israeli assistance and ended up producing the ENAER Mirage 50CN "Pantera" ("Panther") model. Chief changes for the Pantera included a whole new Kfir-style nose section which was lengthened over the original. Other additions included upgraded avionics and canard foreplanes for improved control as well as slight aerodynamic alterations. The Pantera upgrade program incorporated both the Mirage 50C and Mirage 50FC airframes and totaled 15 aircraft that also encompassed a pair of Mirage 50DC trainers.

The Chilean Air Force retired its stock of Panteras from 2006 to 2007, relying today on its fleet of 46 General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighter Falcon multirole fighters as well as about a dozen or so Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II (upgraded to "Tiger III" standard) aircraft.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 1500mph
Lo: 750mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (1,460mph).

    Graph average of 1125 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Chile
Year: 1975
Type: Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): ENAER - Chile / Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Israel
Production: 15
Global Operators:
Chile
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the ENAER Mirage 50CN Pantera model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
51.41 ft


Meters
15.67 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
26.97 ft


Meters
8.22 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.76 ft


Meters
4.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
15,763 lb


Kilograms
7,150 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
30,203 lb


Kilograms
13,700 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet engine developing 9,425 lb of thrust.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
1,460 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
2,350 kph


Knots
1,269 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
2,485 mi


Kilometers
4,000 km


Nautical Miles
2,160 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
59,055 ft


Meters
18,000 m


Miles
11.18 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
46,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
14,173 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (7):

STANDARD:
2 x 30mm DEFA 552 internal cannons

OPTIONAL:
Up to 8,800 lb of externally-carried munitions.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Mirage 50CN "Pantera" - Base Series Designation