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Mirage 2000 Dassault
Mirage 2000
Medium Tactical/ Strategic Bomber

DESCRIPTION:
Just as the Mirage III fighter led to the Mirage IV strategic bomber, the Mirage 2000 attack fighter became the basis of the Mirage 2000N/D strategic and tactical bombers. The goal of the project was to develop a low-level bomber based on the Mirage 2000B two-seat trainer to replace the Mirage IVP.

Compared to the Mirage 2000 fighter model, the Mirage 2000N is equipped with a strengthened fuselage and more advanced avionics to make it better suited to low-altitude flight. The terrain-following radar allows the aircraft to fly under automatic pilot at altitudes as low as 200 ft. The primary mission of the Mirage 2000N is to carry the ASMP stand-off nuclear missile. The Mirage 2000D, meanwhile, is optimized for conventional bombing missions using laser-guided weapons and conventional bombs.

A total of 150 bomber variants of the Mirage 2000 were built. By 2004, about 60 each of the Mirage 2000D and 2000N remained in service with France. An export model, the Mirage 2000S, was also developed but received no orders.

Data below for Mirage 2000N
Last modified 06 April 2011

HISTORY:
First Flight (Mirage 2000A) 10 March 1978
(Mirage 2000C) December 1982
(Mirage 2000N) 3 February 1983
(Mirage 2000D) 19 February 1991
Service Entry

(Mirage 2000C) June 1984
(Mirage 2000N) July 1988

CREW:

two: pilot, navigator/systems operator

ESTIMATED COST:

unknown

AIRFOIL SECTIONS:
Wing Root unknown
Wing Tip unknown

DIMENSIONS:
Length 47.75 ft (14.55 m)
Wingspan 29.96 ft (9.13 m)
Height 16.90 ft (5.15 m)
Wing Area 441 ft² (41.98 m²)
Canard Area

unknown (but very small)

WEIGHTS:
Empty 16,755 lb (7,600 kg)
Normal Takeoff unknown
Max Takeoff 37,480 lb (17,000 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: unknown
external: two 530 gal (2,000 L) tanks
Max Payload

13,890 lb (6,300 kg)

PROPULSION:
Powerplant one SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan
Thrust 14,462 lb (64.3 kN)
21,385 lb (95.1 kN) with afterburner

PERFORMANCE:
Max Level Speed at altitude: 1,455 mph (2,340 km/h) at 36,090 ft (11,000 m), Mach 2.2 [sustained]
1,550 mph (2,495 km/h), Mach 2.35 [dash]
at sea level: 915 mph (1,470 km/h), Mach 1.2
cruise speed: 690 mph (1,110 km/h) at 200 ft (60 m), Mach 0.9
Initial Climb Rate 55,970 ft (17,075 m) / min
Service Ceiling 54,000 ft (16,460 m)
Range typical: 380 nm (700 km)
ferry: 2,000 nm (3,705 km)
g-Limits +9.0 / -4.5

ARMAMENT:
Gun none
Stations nine external hardpoints
Air-to-Air Missile Matra 550 Magic
Air-to-Surface Missile (Mirage 2000N) ASMP nuclear cruise missile
up to two AS.39 Exocet, up to two AS.30L, up to two ARMAT, up to two Apache munitions dispenser
Bomb up to 18 BAP 100, up to 12 Durandal, BGL 250/500/1000-kg laser-guided, up to six BM 250/400-kg GP, up to six Belouga cluster
Other up to four F4 68-mm rocket pods, up to two CC630 20-mm gun pods, reconnaissance pods, ECM pods

KNOWN VARIANTS:
Mirage 2000B Two-seat trainer on which the Mirage 2000N was based
Mirage 2000C One-seat interceptor
Mirage 2000D Two-seat tactical bomber; 75 built
Mirage 2000D-R1N1L Tactical bomber armed with laser-guided bombs and the Magic air-to-air missile only
Mirage 2000D-R1 Tactical bomber capable of carrying a full range of conventional weapons
Mirage 2000D-R2 Tactical bomber with a fully-integrated self-defense suite and capable of carrying the Apache munitions dispenser
Mirage 2000N Two-seat nuclear bomber; 75 built (31 -K1 and 44 -K2)
Mirage 2000N-K1 Subvariant of the Mirage 2000N used only as nuclear bombers and armed with the ASMP; 31 built
Mirage 2000N-K2 Subvariant of the Mirage 2000N designed as dual-role bombers capable of carrying the ASMP nuclear missile or conventional bombs; 44 built
Mirage 2000P Original designation for the Mirage 2000N
Mirage 2000S Two-seat tactical bomber for export

KNOWN COMBAT RECORD: Iraq - Operation Desert Storm (France, 1991)
Bosnia - Operation Deliberate Force (France, 1995)
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom (France, 2002-present)
Libya - Operation Unified Protector / Harmattan (France, 2011)

KNOWN OPERATORS: France, Armée de l'Air (French Air Force)

3-VIEW SCHEMATIC:

Single-seat Mirage 2000


SOURCES:
  • Bishop, Chris, ed. The Encyclopedia of Modern Military Weapons: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Weapon Systems from 1945 to the Present Day. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1999, p. 244, 254.
  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 308, Dassault Mirage 2000.
  • Donald, David and Lake, Jon, ed. The Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 2000, p. 137-139, Dassault Mirage 2000D/N/S.
  • Gunston, Bill, ed. The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1995, p. 104, Dassault Mirage 2000C/N.
  • Gunston, Bill and Spick, Mike. Modern Air Combat: The Aircraft, Tactics and Weapons Employed in Aerial Combat Today. NY: Crescent Books, 1983, p. 98-99, Dassault Mirage 2000.
  • Isby, David C. Jane's Fighter Combat in the Jet Age. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997, p. 175.
  • Munro, Bob and Chant, Christopher. Jane's Combat Aircraft. Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 96-97, Dassault Mirage 2000N/D/S.
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery
  • Rendall, David. Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide, 2nd ed. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999, p. 51, Dassault Mirage 2000D/N.
  • Taylor, Michael. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1996/1997. London: Brassey's, 1996, p. 37-39, Dassault Mirage 2000.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999, p. 22-24, Dassault Mirage 2000.





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