List of Dassault Mirage III operators

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Map of Mirage III/V operators (former operators in red)

This is a list of Dassault Mirage IIIs, Mirage 5s, and Mirage 50s used by national air forces.

This is an approximate list. The key "1S" indicates a single-seat Mirage fighter, while "2S" indicates a two-seat Mirage, and "PR" indicates a photoreconnaissance machine.

Operators[edit]

 Abu Dhabi /  United Arab Emirates[edit]

Dassault Mirage IIIE, taxiway of Istres (France) on 3 July 1976, delivered to Abu Dhabi Air Force (ADAF).
Abu Dhabi Defence Force
United Arab Emirates Air Force
  • 1S: 12 5AD + 14 5EAD
  • 2S: 3 5DAD
  • PR: 3 RAD
  • Out of Service

 Argentina[edit]

Argentina Air Force Dassault Mirage IIIEA
Argentine Air Force[1]
  • Single seaters: 19 IIICJ + 17 IIIEA
  • Double seaters: 3 IIIBJ + 4 IIIDA
  • Plus 35 IAI 1S Dagger-A + 4 IAI 2S Dagger-B. Survivors locally updated to Finger Standard.
  • Plus 10 5P. Survivors (9) locally updated to Mara Standard.
  • IIICJs & IIIBJs were ex-Israeli, 5Ps were ex-Peruvian.

 Australia[edit]

A left side view of a Mirage IIID (bottom) and Mirage IIIO aircraft in flight during a combined US-Australian Air Force exercise, Pacific Consort, 1980
Royal Australian Air Force

116 Mirage IIIs (RAAF serial A3-1 to -116) were in service with the RAAF from 1964 to 1988.

 Belgium[edit]

Belgian Air Force
  • 1S: 63 5BA
  • 2S: 16 5BD
  • PR: 27 5BR
  • Minor upgrade performed on survivors in early 1990s, but all were then retired. Some transferred to Chile as Elkans.

 Brazil[edit]

Mirage III D
Brazilian Air Force
  • 1S: 16 IIIEBR + 6 IIIEBR-2
  • 2S: 4 IIIDBR + 6 IIIDBR-2
  • all IIDBR-2 & IIIEBR-2 were ex-AdA.
  • Many assembled locally. Survivors upgraded with canards and so on in early 1990s. Last one retired in 2005

 Chile[edit]

Chile Air Force Dassault (SABCA) Mirage 5MA Elkan
Chilean Air Force
  • 1S: 6 50C + 8 50FC + 19 Elkans
  • 2S: 3 50DC + 6 Elkans
  • 50FC were upgraded by Dassault from AdA 5Fs and then updated by Enaer to Pantera standard. Elkans are ex Belgium Mirage 5.
  • Some ex South Africa Cheetahs as spares.
  • Retired on 31 December 2007[2]

 Colombia[edit]

Colombian Air Force
  • 1S: 14 5COA Converted to 5COAM
  • 2S: 2 5COD converted to 5CODM
  • PR: 2 5COR Converted to 5COAM
  • Most Colombian Mirages upgraded in early 1990s to improved Kfir standard.
  • All retired in 2010.

 Ecuador[edit]

Ecuadorian Air Force

 Egypt[edit]

Two Egyptian Air Force Mirage fighter jets during the military exercise Bright Star 2009 in Egypt.
Egyptian Air Force
  • 1S: 54 5SDE + 16 5E2
  • 2S: 6 5SDD
  • PR: 6 5SDR

 France[edit]

French Mirage IIIR
French Air Force
  • 1S: 95 IIIC + 183 IIIE + 58 5F
  • 2S: 27 IIIB + 5 IIIB1 + 10 IIIB2(RV) + 20 IIIBE
  • PR: 50 IIIR + 20 IIIRD

All aircraft retired.

 Gabon[edit]

Gabon Air Force
  • 1S: 3 5G + 2 5G-2
  • 2S: 4 5DG
  • Two surviving 5Gs were updated to 5G-2 spec.
  • Aircraft withdrawn from use.

 Israel[edit]

A Mirage IIIC at the Israeli Air Force Museum
Israeli Air Force
  • 1S: 72 IIICJ
  • 2S: 5 IIIBJ
  • 2 Mirage IIIRJ photo reconnaissance aircraft
  • IAI built 61 Nesher / Daggers, with 51 single-seaters and 10 two-seat Nesher-Ts;
  • withdrawn from use. Many transferred to Argentina between 1979/83

 Lebanon[edit]

Lebanese Air Force
  • 1S: 10 IIIEL
  • 2S: 2 IIIDL
  • all aircraft sold to Pakistan in 2000[3]

 Libya[edit]

Libyan Air Force
  • 1S: 53 5D + 32 5DE
  • 2S: 15 5DD
  • PR: 10 5DR
  • Most of them sold to Pakistan as part of Project ROSE

 Pakistan[edit]

A Pakistani Air Force F-16 taxis past a Pakistan Air Force Mirage fighter jet on the runway at Pakistan Air Force Base Shahbaz near Jacobabad, Pakistan.
Pakistan Air Force

The Pakistan Air Force is the largest operator of the Dassault Mirage III with a fleet strength of around 156 aircraft. The fleet consists of fighters built for Pakistan (Mirage IIIEP) in the 60s and 70s as well used French, Australian, Libyan and Lebanese aircraft bought in the 1990s and early 2000s. Some 35 of the ex-Australian Mirage III were modernised with new avionics under the first stage of the ROSE (Retrofit Of Strike Element) upgrade programme to make air superiority specialised "ROSE I" fighters.

  • 1S: 18 IIIEP + 43 III(0) + 28 5PA + 28 5PA2 + 12 5PA3
  • 2S: 5 IIIDP + 7 IIID + 2 5DPA2
  • PR: 13 IIIRP
  • The III(0) and IIID models were Australian-made and locally refurbished at the Mirage Rebuild Factory of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.

All Mirage III/Mirage V aircraft are to be retired and replaced with the Pakistan/China produced JF-17 by 2025.

Pakistan Naval Air Arm

The Pakistan naval air arm operates more than 12 aircraft based at PNS Base Faisal.

 Peru[edit]

Peruvian Air Force
  • 1S: 22 5P + 10 5P3 + 2 5P4
  • 2S: 4 5DP + 2 5DP3
  • 10 5P transferred to Argentina and rest upgraded.
  • Survivors stored by 2005.

 South Africa[edit]

South African IIICZ.
South African Air Force
  • No. 2 Squadron SAAF
    • 1S: 16 IIICZ + 17 IIIEZ
    • 2S: 3 IIIBZ + 3 IIIDZ + 11 IIID2Z
    • PR: 4 IIIRZ + 4 IIIR2Z
  • All out of service, some having been upgraded to Cheetah standard. There were about 16 Cheetah E conversions (all out of service); 38 Cheetah C conversions; 16 Cheetah D conversions; and one Cheetah R conversion (scrapped).
  • Some Cheetahs E were sold to Chile for use as spare parts for Panteras.

 Spain[edit]

Spanish Mirage III EE at valencia (Spain)
Spanish Air Force
  • 1S: 24 IIIEE
  • 2S: 6 IIIDE
  • Upgrade plan (APQ-159 radar, HUD + 2xCRT, AYK-14 computer, new RWR, ALE-40 decoy launchers, AIM-9L/AGM-65G capability, four extra hardpoints) cancelled in 1991. Withdrawn from service in October 1992. The survivors were used as part of the payment for the Mirage F-1M upgrade and later sold to Pakistan.

  Switzerland[edit]

Dassault Mirage IIIRS, R-2108, Swiss Air Force
Swiss Air Force
  • 1S: 1 IIICS + 36 IIIS
  • 2S: 4 IIIBS + 2 IIIDS
  • PR: 18 IIIRS
  • Most built locally, many upgraded with canards, optics etc. Withdrawn from service in 2003.
  • one 2s still flies again for civilian discoveries

 Venezuela[edit]

Venezuelan Air Force
  • 1S: 7 IIIEV + 6 5V + 9 50EV
  • 2S: 3 IIIDV + 1 50DV
  • Retired from service in December 2009.

 Zaire[edit]

Zairean Air Force
  • 1S: 8 5M
  • 2S: 3 5DM
  • All sold to Egypt in the early 1990s.

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