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The Mirage 2000 is very similar to the Mirage III/5 and 50, though it is not a variant of the Mirage III/5 or 50 but an entirely new aircraft with advanced interceptor controls. In its secondary ground-attack role, the Mirage 2000 carries laser guided missiles rockets and bombs. There is a two-seat version of this aircraft, the 2000N (Penetration) which has nuclear standoff capability.

The wings are low-mounted delta with clipped tips. There is one turbofan engine mounted in the fuselage. There are semicircular air intakes alongside the fuselage forward of the wings. There is a large, single exhaust which protrudes past the tail. The fuselage is tube-shaped with a pointed nose and a bubble canopy. There are no tail flats. The fin is swept-back and tapered with a clipped tip.

The Mirage 2000-5 is a multi-role single-seater or two seater fighter. It differs from its predecessors mainly in its avionics; its new multiple target air-to-ground and air-to-air firing procedures linked to the use of RDY radar and its new visualization and control system. As a multi-role combat aircraft with versatile air-to-air mission capabilities, the Mirage 2000-5 integrates the state-of-the-art of the know-how based on the experience gained from the previous Mirage 2000 versions (Mirage 2000 DA, Mirage 2000 E, Mirage 2000 D) and is designed for the most-advanced armaments.

The Mirage 2000 D, derived from the Mirage 2000N operated by the French Air Force, is a two-seater air-to-ground attack aircraft. The Mirage 2000D tactical penetration two-seater fighter carries air-to-ground high precision weapons which can be fired at a safe distance, by day or by night. Its navigation and attack system enable it to fly in any weather conditions, hugging the terrain at a very low altitude. Beyond the nuclear-weapons capabilities adopted for the Mirage 2000 N, the Mirage 2000 D armament includes laser-guided weapons, low-drag bombs, and the aircraft can also carry the APACHE cruise missile. The Mirage 2000 D geometrical characteristics and the main performance data are the same as those of the Mirage 2000-5.


Countries of Origin France
Builder team : Dassault Aviation, SNECMA, Thomson-CSF
First flight : March, 1978 [Mirage 2000C]
February, 1991 [Mirage 2000D]
In-service in the French Air Force : Summer 1983 [Mirage 2000C]
April, 1993 [Mirage 2000D]
Similar Aircraft
  • Mirage III/5
  • Kfir
  • Viggen
  • Crew
  • One
  • Mirage 2000N & 2000D -- two [ 1 pilot + 1 navigation and weapon officer]
  • Role Interceptor [Mirage 2000C]
    All weather night and day missions such as Battlefield Air Interdiction (BAI) [Mirage 2000D]
    Major operational capabilities : [Mirage 2000D]
    Automated terrain following at very high speed and very low altitude
    All-weather night and day bombing capability
    High precision all weather day/night bombing with Thomson-CSF PDL-CT
    Length 50 ft, 3 in (14.36 m)
    Span 29 ft, 5 in (9.13 m)
    Height 5.30 meters
    Empty Weight 7,600 kg [Mirage 2000C]
    Maximum Weight 16,500 kg
    Maximal armament weight : 5,900 kg [Mirage 2000C]
    6,200 kg (9 store stations) [Mirage 2000D]
    Power plant / Thrust : SNECMA M 53 P2 jet engine / 9.7 t with afterburner
    Maximum Speed Mach 1,2 [low altitude]
    Mach 2,2 [high altitude]
    Rate of Climb 17,000 m/min
    Ceiling Above 50,000 ft / 16,500 m
    Combat Radius
  • 800 nm (1,475 km) w/
    4 250-kg bombs
  • 1,000 nm (1,850 km) w/
    2 1,700-liter drop tanks
  • 1,800 nm (3,335 km) max fuel w/
    2 1,700-liter + 1 1,300-liter drop tanks
  • In-Flight Refueling Yes
    Fuel capacity : [Mirage 2000C]
    3,950 l internal / 8,000 l maximal / in-flight refuelling

    [Mirage 2000D]
    3,1 t internal / 6,2 t maximal / In-flight refuelling

    Sensors RDI radar (interceptor), RWR, Advanced bombsight
    Drop Tanks 1700 L drop tank 1358 kg of fuel for 188 nm of range
    1300 L drop tank 1038 kg of fuel for 144 nm of range
  • Cannon : 2 GIAT DEFA 554 de 30 mm
  • Air-air : missiles MICA, Magic 2, Super 530F,Super 530D Sky Flash.
  • Air-ground bombs : BGL 1000, BM400, BAP 100
  • Air-ground missiles : Durandal, Belouga, Armat, Apache, Scalp, AS30L, AM39, ASMP

    2 AM.39 Exocet, 1 1300 L drop Tank (855 nm)
    1 1300 L drop tank, 2 ARMAT, 2 R.550 Magic (885 nm)
    1 1300 L drop tank, 2R.500 Magic, 2 R.530D (885 nm)
    4 Belouga, 2 1700 L drop tank, 2 R.550 Magic (1094 nm)
    18 EU2 250 kg bombs (756 nm)
  • Special equipment : [Mirage 2000C]
    Thomson-CSF RDI radar (pulse doppler), look down-shoot down capacity, integrated electronic counter-measures, fly-by-wire, automatic pilot, inertial guidance system

    [Mirage 2000D]
    Fly-by-wire system, 2 inertial navigation systems, Thomson-CSF Antilope 5 terrain following radar, Icare digital map, integrated GPS, integrated countermeasures, laser designation pod with thermal camera (PDL-CT)

    NATO interoperability : Protected radiocommunications, identification friend or foe, in-flight refuelling by NATO aircraft, armament and ammunitions in accordance with NATO standards
    Number of units produced : 526 (all types of Mirage 2000 included)
    French Air Force inventory : 80 aircraft in 4 squadrons [Mirage 2000C]
    60 aircraft in 3 squadrons [Mirage 2000C]
    User Countries
    (all types of Mirage 2000 included)
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Greece
  • India
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • VRML 3-D Model

    Mirage 2000
    VRML by Soji Yamakawa

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