Dassault Super Etendard

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Dassault Super Etendard
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RoleCarrier-borne strike fighter
CrewOne, pilot
First FlightNovember 24 1977
In ServiceSeptember 1978
Length14.31 m45′ 10″
Wingspan9.60 m31′ 6″
Height3.85 m12′ 4″
Wing area29 m²312ft²
Empty6,460 kg14,212 lb
Maximum takeoff11,500 kg25,300 lb
Engines1 × SNECMA Atar 8 K-50
Thrust5000 kgf
49.0 kN
11,000 lbf
Maximum speed1,180 km/h733 mph
Ferry Range3,400 km2,125 miles
Service ceiling13,700 m44,900 ft
Rate of climb6,000 m/min19,700 ft/min
Wing loading396 kg/m²81.1 lb/ft²
Thrust/Weight4.3 N/kg1:2.3 lbf/lb
Guns2x 30 mm cannon
Stores2,100 kg (4,620 lb)
of bombs and rockets

The Dassault Super Etendard is a French carrier-borne "strike" fighter in service with the French and Argentine Navy. A small number were also flown by the Iraqi Air Force for a brief period during the Iran-Iraq War.

It is a development of the earlier Etendard IVM that was originally to have been replaced by a navalised version of the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Jaguar M, until this plan was stalled by political problems. The French Navy initially ordered 60 of the new model, and the Argentinian Navy ordered 14. The Super Etendard had been developed in parallel with a new air-launched version of Aérospatiale's anti-shipping missile, the AM 39 Exocet, and these were supplied to Argentina as well.

At the time of the Falklands War, Argentina had taken delivery of five Super Etendards and five Exocets. All five of the missiles were used during the conflict, with one missile destroying the HMS Sheffield and one the supply ship MV Atlantic Conveyor (the Exocet that damaged HMS Glamorgan was a land-launched version).

Five Super Etendards were loaned to Iraq in 1983 while the country waited on deliveries of the Dassault Mirage F1s that had been ordered. These aircraft used Exocets to great success against Iranian tankers in the Persian Gulf before being returned to France in 1985.

From 1991, the original Etendard IVMs were withdrawn from French service, and the Super Etendards underwent continuous modernisation through the 1990s to enable them to use the latest generation of laser-guided precision weapons. These uprated aircraft, designated Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) participated in NATO's "Allied Force" operations over Kosovo in 1999, flying over 400 combat missions.

All Super Etendards are expected to be retired from French service by 2010, to be replaced from 2006 onwards with a navalised version of the Dassault Rafale.

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