Dassault Mirage 4000

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Mirage 4000
Dassault Mirage 4000, France - Air Force AN2164548.jpg
Mirage 4000 prototype
Role Prototype fighter aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Dassault-Breguet
First flight 9 March 1979
Status Program cancelled in the 1980s
Primary user French Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from Dassault Mirage 2000
Mirage 4000 prototype displayed at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, France

The Dassault Mirage 4000 (sometimes called the Super Mirage 4000) was a French prototype jet fighter aircraft developed by Dassault-Breguet from their Mirage 2000.

Design and development[edit]

The Mirage 4000 was noticeably larger and heavier than the single-engined Mirage 2000, the 4000 having two SNECMA M53-2 turbofans.[1] It also featured small canards above the engine air intakes and a true bubble canopy compared to the Mirage 2000 and previous Mirages. Despite the changes the two aircraft remained similar, sharing the delta wing design, semi-circular air intakes and general configuration.

The Mirage 4000 first flew on 9 March 1979.[1] It was financed as a private venture by Dassault.[1] The Mirage 4000 was comparable in size to the United States F-15 Eagle, and was designed to be both a long-range interceptor and a capable fighter-bomber.

In the early 1980s Dassault ended the program shortly after the Saudis chose the F-15 as their preferred aircraft. The French Air Force preferred to concentrate on the Mirage 2000, leaving Dassault with no customers. Some of the expertise thus gained would later influence the Dassault Rafale. The only prototype moved to its final residence at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Paris Air and Space Museum) in 1995.

Specifications (Mirage 4000)[edit]

Dassault Mirage 4000 and Mirage 2000B top-view silhouette comparison.png

Data from Dassault Aviation. [2]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c Jackson 1985, pp. 116-117.
  2. ^ "Mirage 4000". Dassault Aviation. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
Bibliography
  • Jackson, Paul. Modern Combat Aircraft 23 - Mirage. London. Guild Publishing. 1985.