Dassault Mirage

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Mirage was a name given to several types of jet aircraft designed by the French company Dassault Aviation (formerly Avions Marcel Dassault), some of which were produced in different variants. Most were supersonic fighters with delta wings. The most successful was the Mirage III in its many variants, which were widely produced and modified both by Dassault and by other companies. Some variants were given other names, while some otherwise unrelated types were given the Mirage name.

Early prototypes and projects[edit]

Mirage III/5/50 series[edit]

Two Mirage III fighters in RAAF colours

The most successful line of Mirages were a family of supersonic delta-winged fighters, all sharing the same basic airframe but differing in powerplant, equipment and minor details. Early examples were tailless, while many later variants had canard foreplanes added.

France[edit]

The main production variants include:

Minor projects and prototypes include:

Israel[edit]

Israel produced several progressive developments of the Mirage 5:

  • IAI Nesher, a standard Mirage 5 with revised avionics.
  • IAI Kfir, re-engined with further revised avionics and canard foreplane.
  • IAI Nammer, again re-engined with further revised avionics and canard foreplane. Prototype only.

South Africa[edit]

South Africa upgraded its fleet of Mirage IIIs to meet local requirements:

Chile[edit]

Chile upgraded its fleet of Mirage 50s to meet local requirements:

  • ENAER Pantera (Mirage 50CN and 50DC), a Mirage 50 upgrade based on the IAI Kfir.

Other Mirage types[edit]

Production models[edit]

Prototypes[edit]

  • Dassault Mirage F2 and Dassault Mirage G: Strike fighters, larger than the basic Mirage III airframe. The Mirage G prototypes were variable-geometry "swing wing" aircraft derived from the F2 fixed-wing design project.[3]
  • Dassault Mirage 4000 or Super Mirage 4000: Prototype larger version of the Mirage 2000 design.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ q-zon-fighterplanes.com
  2. ^ Munson, K. Bombers, Pocket Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, Blandford, 1966.
  3. ^ Green and Swanborough (1994)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Green, W. and Swanborough, G.; The Complete Book of Fighters, Salamander, 1994.
  • France (III), q-zon-fighterplanes.com (retrieved 11:54, 2 October 2015 (UTC))