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Dassault-Breguet Mirage 2000
A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force
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A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force


A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force

Description
RoleMulti-role fighter
Crew1 (C, 5, 9); 2 (B, D, N)
First FlightMarch 1978
Entered ServiceSummer 1983
ManufacturerDassault Aviation
Dimensions
Length50 ft 3 in14.36 m
Wingspan29 ft9.13 m
Height17 ft 5 in5.30 m
Weights
Empty16,755 lb7,600 kg
Maximum Takeoff36,376 lb16,500 kg
Capacity
Powerplant
EngineOne SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan
Thrust 21,400 lbf9,700 kgf (95 kN)
Performance
Maximum Speed Mach 2.2
Range 890 mi1480 km
Service Ceiling 59,000 ft18,000 m
Rate of Climb56,000 ft/min17,070 m/min
Armament
Guns2 30 mm DEFA cannon

The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation.

Its first role is to be an interceptor, yet it retains a ground-attack capability. Although it looks similar to the Dassault Mirage III and Mirage V, it is radically different. The Mirage 2000 has different controls, better avionics and is a radically better fighter than its predecessors. The Mirage 2000 serves the air forces of Egypt, France, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar, Republic of China (Taiwan), United Arab Emirates and is currently the front-line fighter for the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air).

Development began on the aircraft in the 1970s and the first flight took place in 1978. By 1983 it began seeing service in the French Air Force. The Mirage 2000 has many variants, including a naval version and a trainer which have two seats. The Mirage 2000 has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2. More than 500 have been produced.

Nuclear and conventional strike variants of the Mirage 2000 are the Mirage 2000N and 2000D respectively.

The Mirage 2000 is scheduled to be replaced by Dassault Neuron UCAVs from 2012.

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