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Mirage 2000 is a low-set delta wing combat aircraft which is an extremely agile and manoeuvrable fighter developed for the French Air Force. The Mirage 2000 started its service life as an interceptor, designated 2000C and the two-seat trainer 2000B. The 2000-5 is a multi-role variant capable of using the Super 530D or Sky Flash Air-to-Air Missiles. Initially ordered 37 Mirage 2000C by the French Air Force have been updated to 2000-5 standard, designated 2000-5F. Export models are designated 2000E for the single seat fighters and 2000ED for two-seat trainers and 2000ER for single seat recce variants.

The Mirage 2000P (Penetration), later designated 2000N (Nuclear), is a low-altitude attack aircraft capable of delivering the ASMP tactical nuclear missile and was based on the Mirage 2000B two-seat trainer variant. It has a revised avionics suite and strengthened fuselage for the low-altitude role and the Antilope 5 nose radar, which is optimised for terrain following, ground mapping and navigation are has aditional air-to-air and air-to-sea modes. The rear seat is occupied by a WSO which has twin navigation systems and an additional moving map. The aircraft configured with only the ASMP missile and 2 Magic AAMs is designated 2000N-K1, while the K2 configuration can also carry alternative loads.

Developed from the 2000N-K2 is the Mirage 2000D, equipped with GPS it is developed for the use of laser guided weapons, but is not capable of carrying the ASMP missile. The 2000D-R1N1L is equipped with laser guided weapons and Magic AAMs only, while the R1 configuration can be equipped with the full range of conventional weapons. The R2 configuration is upgraded with a fully integrated self-defence suite and is compatible with the Apache stand-off weapons dispenser. The export model of the Mirage 2000D is designated 2000S, where the S stands for Strike.

Mirage 2000-9 is the designation for the upgraded version of the Mirage 2000 export models of the United Arab Emirates.

Dassault is now marketing the Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2 which will be built either as a new aircraft or retrofitted from currently operated Mirage 2000Cs or 2000Es. It features an integrated mission system with a glass cockpit, digital modular avionics and enhanced communications.

 

Technical Specifications

 

Specification Mirage 2000C

 

Powerplant:

one 95.1 kN (21,385 lb st) SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan

 

Dimensions:

length 14.36m (47 ft 1¼ in); height 5.20m (17 ft ¼ in); wing span 9.13m (29 ft 111½ in)

 

Weights:

empty 7500 kg (16,534 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 17.000 kg (37,480 lb)

 

Performance:

max level speed at 11.000m (36,069 ft) Mach 2.2 or 2338 km/h (1,453 mph); service ceiling 16,460m (54,000 ft)

 

Armament:

two internal DEFA 554 30mm cannons with 125 rounds per gun; up tp 6300 kg (13,889 lb) of ordnance, including guided bombs, anti-runway bombs, retarded/free fall bombs, cluster bombs, AS30L/ARMAT anti-radiation missiles, 68 or 10mm rocket launchers, ECM pods, up to three drop tanks, Magic/Magic 2 AAMs, MICA AAMs, carried on up to nine external hardpoints.

 

Specification Mirage 2000N-K2

 

Powerplant:

one 95.1 kN (21,385 lb st) SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan

 

Dimensions:

length 14.55m (47 ft 9 in); height 5.15m (16 ft 10¼ in); wing span 9.13m (29 ft 11½ in)

 

Weights:

empty 7600 kg (16,755 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 17.000 kg (37,480 lb)

 

Performance:

max level speed at 11.000m (36,069 ft) Mach 2.2 or 2338 km/h (1,453 mph); service ceiling 16,460m (54,000 ft)

 

Armament:

one 900kg (1,984lb) ASMP tactical nuclear missile; up tp 6300 kg (13,889 lb) of ordnance, including guided bombs, anti-runway bombs, retarded/free fall bombs, cluster bombs, APACHE munition dispensers, AS30L/ARMAT anti-radiation missiles, AM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missiles, 68mm or 10mm rocket pods, CC630 twin 30mm gun pods, up to three drop tanks, Magic/Magic 2 AAMs, carried on up to nine external hardpoints.


DASSAULT - BREQUET MIRAGE 2000 GALLERY

Role: Interceptor, multi-role fighter-bomber
Builder: Dassault-Brequet
Variants: 2000A (prototype), 2000B, 2000C, 2000-5, 2000-5F, 2000E, 2000ED, 2000ER, 2000P, 2000N, 2000D, 2000S, 2000-9
Operators: France, Adu Dhabi, (Brazil), Egypt, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates