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Dassault Mirage IV

France (1963)
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The Dassault IV was a French-designed, nuclear-capable strategic bomber of the Cold War.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Dassault Mirage IV Supersonic Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/18/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Dassault Mirage IV series was designed to a French requirement for a supersonic aircraft platform capable of delivering an atomic weapon. The resulting Mirage IV became just that, offering up Mach 2 capabilities and a ceiling of well over 65,000 feet. With the atomic bomb as a deterrent to Cold War invasion, the French military now would possess a capable aircraft of delivering such a lethal payload.

Design on the Mirage IV was derived fro the Mirage III development, detailed elsewhere on this site. The Mirage IV was larger than its predecessor and fitted with two powerplants instead of the traditional Dassault arrangement of a single engine. The aircraft would have to be capable of sustained high-level, high-speed flight with long range abilities. The first prototype IV, based on an abandoned twin-engine night fighter once in development, flew in 1959. Several pre-production aircraft would soon follow by 1961 as larger overall designs fitted with Atar 9C 14,110lb turbojet engines. It would be these preproduction models that would become the main Mirage IV production models in use.

The Mirage IV was of a basic delta-wing design with a single rudder at rear. The crew of two sat in tandem in the long and narrow fuselage. Wings were of the low-mounted monoplane type and the nuclear ordnance - when carried - sat in a recessed under-fuselage position. Power was provided by two SNECMA-brand engines with applicable reheat capability. At any rate, the sleek-looking Mirage IV was quick to provide high-speed results thanks to its overall design, dimensions and power.

The Mirage IV was ordered as the IVA model series. This system offered up a center-fuselage provision for a single An22 60-kiloton nuclear freefall bomb, to which 62 examples were produced. From this lot, 12 aircraft were set aside and reconfigured as the IVR strategic reconnaissance model with additional and specialized equipment. Additionally, 19 IVA models were converted to a "missile carrier" variant that allowed for the handling and firing of ASMP nuclear-tipped stand-off missile weapons in the low-level penetration combat role.

By the end of the Cold War, the need for such nuclear-capable systems was becoming less and less. As a result, the Mirage IVA's were disbanded from their nuclear strategic roles while only the Mirage IVR reconnaissance series stayed on to continue service with French forces. The Mirage IV nevertheless fulfilled a very vital role to the French people, offering up a nuclear deterrent through the later stages of the Cold War that would keep the Soviet Bloc at bay for decades.

Any available statistics for the Dassault Mirage IV Supersonic Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 1400mph
Lo: 700mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (1,320mph).

    Graph average of 1050 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: France
Year: 1963
Type: Supersonic Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Dassault - France
Production: 62
Global Operators:
France
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
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
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
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Dassault Mirage IVA model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
77.10 ft


Meters
23.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
38.88 ft


Meters
11.85 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
31,967 lb


Kilograms
14,500 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
69,666 lb


Kilograms
31,600 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x SNECMA Atar 09K turbojets with afterburner developing 15,432 lb.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
1,320 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
2,124 kph


Knots
1,147 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
994 mi


Kilometers
1,600 km


Nautical Miles
864 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
65,617 ft


Meters
20,000 m


Miles
12.43 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (1):

1 x megaton nuclear bomb in recessed under-fuselage position.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• IV - Base Bomber Production Designation based on the Mirage II design; fitted with twin engines and provision for 60-kiloton AN22 freefall nuclear bomb.
• IVA - Main Bomber Production Model of which 62 examples were completed.
• IVR - Converted samples of IVA model for aerial strategic reconnaissance platforms; 12 such models converted from existing IVA's; Ct52 mission package.
• IVP - Missile Carrier Model; converted from existing IVA models; 19 such examples; redesigned navigation/attack systems; improved electronic defense measures; provision for ASMP nuclear stand-off weapon.