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Mirage 2000 (France)

The Mirage 2000 is a delta wing fighter jet which is in large number in service with the French Air Force. It has been developed by the French Company Dassault for the French Air Force.
The primary mission is air defence with an air-to-ground capacity as secondary role. It can be armored with conventional laser-guided bombs, missiles and stand-off weapons. The mirage can detect multiple targets thanks to the Thales RDY 2 radar. Furthermore it has a fully digital fly-by-wire system, an internal ECM self-protection system, OBOGS and one Snecma M53 turbofan engine with afterburner.

The newest version, the Mirage 2000-5 for France and the Mirage 2000-9 for the UAE Air Force
is equipped with the M53-P2 turbofan engine.

The French Mirages 2000 are having a glass cockpit (>90% electronics) which is equipped with 5 displays, including an innovating head-level concept and a head-up display.

Mirage 2000C en B: air defence version which came operational in 1984 with the French Air Force.
Mirage 2000D:
Begin 90th years the Mirage 2000 D version was developed due to the increased conflicts in the world and the need for precision ammunition with conventional weapons.
Mirage 2000E:
A improved version from the C version. The Mirage 2000 E can do air-to-surface mission systems like with TV or laser guided weapons or with Excot anti-ship and Armat anti-radiation missiles and with ELINT, recce capacities.
157 Mirage 2000 E aircrafts have been sold to 5 different countries. 157 Mirage 2000 E jets have been sold to 5 foreign countries.

Mirage 2000N:
In 1986 the Mirage 2000 N version came operational to do nuclear missions.

Design organisation Dassault Aviation (France)
Main secundary design organisations SNECMA
Production organisaton Dassault (France)
Primary task Multi-role fighter jet
Type aircraft  
Length 14.33 meters
Height 5.20 meters
Wingspan 9.11 meters
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 1x SNECMA M53 or M53-2 turbofan with afterburner
Thrust 98 kN
Weight (empty)  
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 38.500 lbs (17,464 kgs)
21.000 lbs (combat weight)
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed > Mach 2.2
Ceiling 55.000 ft / 16764 meters (operational altitude)
Maximum range 830 nm / 1537 km with Mach 0.8 at 15.000 ft.
Fuel capacity  
Air-to-air-refueling capability Yes + Buddy-Buddy capability
Passengers none
Payload none
Armament Possible combination over 9 pylons of:

- Scalp/Storm long-range cruise missiles
- Black Shaheen
- Mica radar-guided and heat-seeking missiles
- Magic 2
- 1700 or 2000 liters external fuel tanks
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar CSF RDI radar or
RDY 2 radar
Avionics Possible combination of:

- Helmet mounted sight
- On board oxygen generation system
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Versions 2000B, 2000C, 2000D, 2000E, 2000N, 2000-5 Mk2, 2000-9
Manufactured about 600
Crew 1 or 2
Overall flight hours  
First flight  
First delivery  
Operational since 1983 (Mirage C)
1988 (Mirage N)
1993 (Mirage B, D)
1999 (Mirage 2000-5)
Successor of  
Replaced by Rafale
Comparable aircraft Tornado
Operators (current and future) Brazil, France, Egypt, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar, Taiwan, United Arabian
Main operators  
Amphibious usage No
Status In operational service

Other Users

Greece Hellenic Air Force has also the Mirage 2000 in the Mirage 2000 EG/BG version. Other countries are: Taiwan, Qatar and the U.A.E.

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Last updated: 18 January 2014