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Dassault Mirage IIING (Nouvelle Generation)


Supersonic Single-Seat Fighter Prototype (1981)


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The Dassault Mirage IIING was an evolution of the Mirage 50 line intended to improve the Mirage III series as a whole.



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1981

Origin
France national flag graphic
France

Status
CANCELLED
Development Ended.
Crew
1

Production
1
UNITS


Dassault Aviation - France
National flag of France France (cancelled)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.


Length
51.3 ft
(15.65 m)
Width/Span
27.0 ft
(8.22 m)
Height
14.8 ft
(4.50 m)
MTOW
32,408 lb
(14,700 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production variant)
Installed: 1 x SNECMA Atar 9K-50 afterburning turbojet engine developing 15,873lb of thrust.
Max Speed
1,320 mph
(2,125 kph | 1,147 kts)
Ceiling
57,005 ft
(17,375 m | 11 mi)
Rate-of-Climb
8,635 ft/min
(2,632 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Dassault Mirage IIING production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
PROPOSED, STANDARD:
2 x 30mm ADEN automatic cannons (mounted internally).

PROPOSED, OPTIONAL:
Conventional drop bombs, guided bombs, rocket pods, and jettisonable fuel tanks.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft automatic cannon
Graphical image of aircraft aerial rockets
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Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 9


Mirage IIING ("Nouvelle Generation") - Base Project Designation; single, flyable example completed.


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