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Super Etendard Dassault
Super Etendard
Multi-Role Fighter

The Etendard was originally envisioned as a NATO strike fighter, but was ultimately accepted only as a carrier-based fighter for the French Navy in 1956. Though nearly replaced by a variant of the Jaguar, the French later authorized Dassault to build an improved Super Etendard with a new navigation/attack system, a better engine, and improved aerodynamics. Though the Super Etendard ended up having far worse performance than the Jaguar, it was accepted by the French Navy and is expected to continue in service until 2015 when replaced by the Rafale M. The greatest success of the Super Etendard came in the Falklands War of 1982 when Argentine aircraft carrying Exocet missiles sank two British ships. The Etendard was also leased to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Data below for Super Etendard
Last modified 29 March 2011

First Flight 28 October 1974
Service Entry

June 1978


one: pilot



Wing Root unknown
Wing Tip unknown

Length 46.96 ft (14.31 m)
Wingspan 31.50 ft (9.60 m)
Height 12.67 ft (3.86 m)
Wing Area 305.7 ft² (28.4 m²)
Canard Area

not applicable

Empty 14,220 lb (6,450 kg)
Normal Takeoff 20,835 lb (9,450 kg)
Max Takeoff 26,455 lb (12,000 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: unknown
external: unknown
Max Payload

4,360 lb (2,100 kg)

Powerplant one SNECMA Atar 8K-50 afterburning turbojet
Thrust 11,265 lb (50.1 kN) with afterburner

Max Level Speed at altitude: 855 mph (1,380 km/h) at 36,090 ft (11,000 m), Mach 1.3
at sea level: 745 mph (1,200 km/h)
Initial Climb Rate 24,600 ft (7,500 m) / min
Service Ceiling 44,950 ft (13,700 m)
Range typical: 710 nm (1,300 km)
ferry: unknown


Gun two 30-mm DEFA 553 cannons (125 rds ea)
Stations five external hardpoints
Air-to-Air Missile Matra 550 Magic
Air-to-Surface Missile AS.39 Exocet, AS.30, Pescador, ASMP cruise missile
Bomb AN52 nuclear bomb
Other rocket pods



KNOWN COMBAT RECORD: Falklands War (Argentina, 1982)
Lebanon - Operation Olifant (France, 1983)
Iran-Iraq War (Iraq, 1983-1984)
Bosnia - Operation Deliberate Force (France, 1995)
Kosovo - Operation Allied Force (France, 1999)
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom (France, 2001-2008)
Libya - Operation Harmattan (France, 2011)

KNOWN OPERATORS: Argentina, Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina (Argentine Naval Aviation)
France, Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Air Arm)
Iraq, Al Quwwat Al Jawwiya al Iraqiya (Iraqi Air Force)


Super Etendard

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  • Munro, Bob and Chant, Christopher. Jane's Combat Aircraft. Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 88-89.
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery

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