The Dassault Mirage IIING was an evolution of the Mirage 50 line intended to improve the Mirage III series as a whole.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited:
The single-seat, single-engine, delta-winged Mirage IIING emerged as a further development of the "Mirage III" series by the French concern of Dassault Aviation. It incorporated the assisted Fly-By-Wire (FBW) controlling scheme ultimately used in the all-modern Mirage 2000 strike fighter and was given new canard foreplanes positioned above the air intakes to each side of the fuselage (among other refinements). All this was built into the existing airframe of the "Mirage 50" development.
The Mirage 50 was, itself, an offshoot of the Mirage V/5 attack platform line of the 1970s which continued the excellent traits of the Mirage III before it. The aircraft was given a new avionics fit (with Cyrano IV radar) as well as the SNECMA Atak 09K-50 afterburning turbojet to increase Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW), and thus the war load capability, as well as enhancing climb rate. Beyond the basic single-seat form, Dassault also proposed a twin-seat model to spread the pilot's workload and enhance situational awareness.
The Mirage 50 went on to see far fewer orders and production (582 units) than the Mirage III it was built from (1,422 units). Nevertheless, Dassault continued to evolve the line and additional work led to a developed form of the Mirage IIIE production model, offered as the advanced "Mirage III NG" (NG = "Nouvelle Generation" / "Next Generation").
The IIIE/IIING was given a thorough reworking of its systems and subsystems (largely taken from the Mirage 2000), carried the intake-mounted foreplanes, and continued use of the Mirage series traits - single rudder fin, tricycle undercarriage, delta-wing planform. One noticeable mainplane difference was a higher sweep angle of the leading edges near the wing roots. In addition to this, the Mirage IIING received an in-flight refueling capability similar to that of the Mirage 2000. Power stemmed from a SNECMA Atar 9K-50 afterburning turbojet engine of 15,873lb thrust output. Four weapons hardpoints were also introduced (along fuselage centerline, retaining the underwing positions as well) to broaden the aircraft's ordnance-carrying capabilities and tactical value (thanks to an increase in MTOW).
A first-flight (in prototype form) was recorded on May 27th, 1981. However, there proved little market interest in this "Advanced Mirage III" so further development on the type was abandoned with just the single, flyable prototype completed for testing. However, the work completed on this aircraft influenced the Mirage III version sold to both Brazil and Venezuela.
[ 1 Units ] : Dassault Aviation - France
- X-Plane / Developmental
51.35 ft (15.65 m)
26.97 ft (8.22 m)
14.76 ft (4.5 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production model)
32,408 lb (14,700 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production model)
1 x SNECMA Atar 9K-50 afterburning turbojet engine developing 15,873lb of thrust.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Dassault Mirage IIING production model)
1,320 mph (2,125 kph; 1,147 kts)
57,005 feet (17,375 m; 10.8 miles)
8,635 ft/min (2,632 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
2 x 30mm ADEN automatic cannons (mounted internally).
Conventional drop bombs, guided bombs, rocket pods, and jettisonable fuel tanks.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production model)
Mirage IIING ("Nouvelle Generation") - Base Project Designation; single, flyable example completed.
The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.
Part of a network of sites that includes AnvilOfWar.com, GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.