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Dassault Mirage III Jet Fighter Plane

The Dassault Mirage was a tailless delta configuration Jet Fighter designed in France by Dassault Aviation in 1953 to meet a French government specification, the prototype first flying in June 1955. The Dassault Mirage III is an improved and modernised version of the original design utilising the more powerful SNECMA Atar afterburning turbojet and was the first production variant of the Dassault Mirage and first flew in 1956, it was the first European combat aircraft able to exceed Mach 2 in level flight and is still operational with the military forces of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.

Dassault Mirage III


Dassault Mirage III Specification:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 15 m (49 ft 3.5 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.22 m (26 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Empty weight: 7,050 kg (15,600 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,500 kg (29,700 lb)
  • Engine: Single SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,350 km/h, 1,460 mph)
  • Range: 2,400 km (1,300 NM, 1,500 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 17,000 m (56,000 ft)

Dassault Mirage III Armament:

  • Twin 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannon
  • Single centreline and four under-wing hard-points for 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of stores

    (These can include a single Matra R530 and twin AIM-9 Sidewinder or Matra Magic R550 nair-to-air missiles and general-purpose bombs, some variants can carry AM-39 Exocet anti-ship missile or French AdA IIIEs or AN-52 nuclear bomb).

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