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Alpha Jet

The Dassault-Breguet-Dornier Alpha Jet is a twin seat subsonic fighter bomber that due to its conception and versatile characteristics is particularly suitable for supporting air offensive operations, surface forces operations as well as for the advanced training on bomber fighters and operational conversion training, with the capability of using different weapon configurations. Its equipment allows it to obtain great efficiency when planning and executing missions. The Head Up Display (HUD) saves the pilot from looking down into the cockpit to read the instruments, by superimposing data on a clear plate mounted at the pilot's eye level. The navigation and fire control computers are rather precise and permit a great flexibility on attack missions. The use of "AFA" computer makes it simpler, quicker and more efficient the planning of a mission.

The Alpha Jet 2 is a development of the training aircraft optimized for ground attack. It has an integrated weapon system (laser range finder, inertial navigation unit, Head-Up Display) allowing to fulfill either weapon system training missions or ground attack missions with a great accuracy. The Alpha Jet ATS (Advanced Training System) , fitted in particular with state-of-the-art controls and displays (glass cockpit), will allow to train the pilot for the use of navigation/attack systems of the latest and future fighters aircraft.


Country of Origin France, Germany
Builder Dassault-Breguet-Dornier
RoleLight-attack, advanced trainer
  • Trainer version used by France is Alpha Jet E;
  • attack version is used by Germany
  • MS1 close support capable version assembled in Egypt;
  • MS2 further improved version;NGEA new avionics; uprated engine,Magic AAms;Lancier glass cockpit;
  • Similar AircraftHawk, AMX, Mirage F1, AV-8B Harrier II
    Wing Span30 ft (9.14 m)
    Length 40 ft, 3 in (12.3 m)
    Height13 ft 09 in ( 04.19 m )
    Weight Empty: 7,374 lb ( 3,515 kg )
    Max T/O: 17,637 lb ( 8,000 kg )
    Engine Two SNECMA/Turbomeca Larzac 04-C6 turbofans
    Thrust 5,952 lb ( 26.48 kN ) total
    Maximum speed1,160 Km/h / 0.8 Mach
    Cruising speed
    In Flight refueling capability No
    Internal Fuel in kg: 1520 kg
    Payload: 2200kg
    Sensors: RWR
    Drop tank 310 L drop tank with 248kg of fuel for 108nm of range
    450L drop tank with 359kg of fuel for 157nm of range
    Range 1330nm / 2,600 Km (external tanks)
    Service Ceiling 13700 meters / 50.000 feet
    Takeoff distance 400 m
    Landing distance 520 m
    ArmamentGun pods, bombs, rockets, missiles
  • Bl755
  • Matra F1 pod
  • Belouga
  • AGM-65 maverick
  • AIM-9L
  • Crew Two pilots in tendem
    User CountriesMore than 500 aircraft already ordered by 10 countries
    Belgium, Cameroon, Egypt, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Qatar, Togo.

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    Originally created by John Pike
    Updated Tuesday, September 21, 1999 10:18:15 AM