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Alpha Jet Dassault/ Dornier
Alpha Jet
Light Attack & Trainer

The Alpha Jet resulted when France and West Germany decided to consolidate their requirements for an advanced trainer and a light attack aircraft. The German Alpha Jet A is equipped with an advanced nav/attack system, Doppler radar, and an inertial navigation system for its primary role as a close-support attack plane. The Alpha Jet has also found several foreign customers attracted by its low cost.

Data below for Alpha Jet E
Last modified 17 March 2012

First Flight 26 October 1973
Service Entry



two: pilot and instructor or weapons officer



Wing Root unknown (10.2%)
Wing Tip unknown (8.6%)

Length 38.54 ft (11.75 m)
Wingspan 29.90 ft (9.11 m)
Height 13.75 ft (4.19 m)
Wing Area 188.4 ft² (17.5 m²)
Canard Area not applicable

Empty 7,374 lb (3,345 kg)
Normal Takeoff 11,023 lb (5,000 kg)
Max Takeoff 16,535 lb (7,500 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: unknown
external: unknown
Max Payload

5,511 lb (2,500 kg)

Powerplant two SNECMA/ Turbomeca Larzac 04-C6 turbofans
Thrust 5,952 lb (26.48 kN)

Max Level Speed at altitude: 570 mph (920 km/h) at 32,810 ft (10,000 m), Mach 0.85
at sea level: 620 mph (1,000 km/h)
Initial Climb Rate 12,008 ft (3,660 m) / min
Service Ceiling 48,000 ft (14,630 m)
Range typical: unknown
ferry: 1,590 nm (2,940 km)
g-Limits unknown

Gun one 27-mm Mauser cannon (125 rds) or
one 30-mm DEFA cannon (125 rds)
Stations 5 external hardpoints
Air-to-Air Missile Matra 550 Magic, Stinger (air version)
Air-to-Surface Missile AGM-65 Maverick, Wasp
Bomb SAMP 400 kg laser-guided, Beluga cluster dispenser, BL.755 cluster, Matra 200/250 kg GP, Mk 82 Snakeye, BL.18 fragmentation, Mk 82 GP, BM 400, Durandal
Other ECM pods, rocket pods, recon camera pods

Alpha Jet A German attack model, entered production in 1978
Alpha Jet E French trainer, entered production in 1977
Alpha Jet MS1 Egyptian trainers; 30 built under license
Alpha Jet MS2 Egyptian light attack model
Alpha Jet 3

Improved trainer


KNOWN OPERATORS: Belgium, Belgishe Luchtmacht/Force Aérienne Belge (Belgian Air Force)
Cameroon, l'Armee de l'Air du Cameroun (Cameroon Air Force)
Egypt, Al Quwwat al Jawwiya il Misriya (Egyptian Air Force)
France, Armée de l'Air (French Air Force)
Germany, Deutsche Luftwaffe (German Air Force)
Côte d'Ivoire, Force Aérienne de la Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast Air Force)
Morocco, Al Quwwat al Jawiyya al Malakiya Marakishiya (Royal Moroccan Air Force)
Nigeria (Nigerian Air Force)
Portugal, Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force)
Qatar (Qatar Emiri Air Force)
Thailand, Kongtap Agard Thai (Royal Thai Air Force)
Togo, Force Aérienne Togolaise (Togolese Air Force)


Alpha Jet

  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 310, Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet.
  • Donald, David and Lake, Jon, ed. The Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 2000, p. 142-143, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.
  • Gunston, Bill, ed. The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1995, p. 107, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet Close Support Version.
  • Gunston, Bill and Spick, Mike. Modern Air Combat: The Aircraft, Tactics and Weapons Employed in Aerial Combat Today. NY: Crescent Books, 1983, p. 92-93.
  • Munro, Bob and Chant, Christopher. Jane's Combat Aircraft. Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 100-101, Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet.
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery
  • Rendall, David. Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide, 2nd ed. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999, p. 45, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.
  • Taylor, Michael. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1996/1997. London: Brassey's, 1996, p. 157-158, Dassault/Daimler-Benz Alpha Jet.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999, p. 137, Dassault/Daimler-Benz Alpha Jet.

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