Denel Cheetah C Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1986
Type: Strike Fighter Aircraft
National Origin: South Africa
Manufacturer(s): Denel Aviation (Atlas Aviation) - South Africa
Production Total: 38
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 50.85 feet (15.5 meters)
Overall Width: 26.97 feet (8.22 meters)
Overall 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
Propulsion: 1 x SNECMA Atar 9K50C-11 turbojet engine developing 16,000 lb thrust with afterburner.
Maximum Speed: 1,460 mph (2,350 kph; 1,269 knots)
Maximum Range: 808 miles (1,300 km)
Service Ceiling: 55,774 feet (17,000 meters; 10.56 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 46,000 feet-per-minute (14,021 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
2 x 30mm DEFA 552 cannons
Mission-specific optional ordnance can include any of the following:
Python 3 air-to-air missiles
Armscor V3B Kukri air-to-air missiles
V3C Darter air-to-air missiles
V4 R-Darter air-to-air missiles
U-Darter air-to-air missiles
Conventional Drop Bombs (Iron, Cluster)
Matra Rocket Pods (68mm SNEB Rockets)
Global Operators / Customers
Chile; Ecuador; South Africa
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Cheetah - Base Series Designation
Cheetah C - Definitive Cheetah Fighter Variant fitted with contemporary avionics and weapons systems; Atar 9K-50 turbojet engine.
Cheetah D - Two-Seat Attack Variant based on the Mirage IIIDZ; canards; static inflight refueling probe.
Cheetah E (EZ) - Single-Seat Fighter; avionics and airframe improvements ; retains base Mirage III SNECMA Atar 9C powerplant.
Mirage IIIR2Z - Prototype Mirage III with wingtip air-to-air missile mounts; never put into production.
Cheetah R - Proposed Dedicated Reconnaissance Model based on the Mirage IIIR2Z testbed; sans cannons and inflight refueling probe.