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Mirage 2000 Dassault
Mirage 2000
Multi-Role Fighter

With advances in fly-by-wire flight control systems that can control an aircraft much faster than a human pilot, Dassault was able to return to its familiar delta wing while still retaining a very maneuverable aircraft. The resulting Mirage 2000 was chosen as the principal fighter aircraft of the French Air Force in 1975. The original 2000C was primarily an air defense version later joined by the 2000-5 ground attack model. Like the Mirages before it, the 2000 has also been sold to a variety of foreign nations.

Data below for Mirage 2000C
Last modified 06 April 2011

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) 1987

CREW: one: pilot


$23 million

Wing Root unknown
Wing Tip unknown

Length 47.10 ft (14.36 m)
Wingspan 29.96 ft (9.13 m)
Height 17.02 ft (5.20 m)
Wing Area 441 ft² (41.98 m²)
Canard Area

unknown (but very small)

Empty 16,534 lb (7,500 kg)
Normal Takeoff 20,944 lb (9,500 kg) [fighter mission]
Max Takeoff 37,480 lb (17,000 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: 3,795 L
external: unknown
Max Payload

13,890 lb (6,300 kg)

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

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
Initial Climb Rate 55,971 ft (17,076 m) / min
Service Ceiling 54,000 ft (16,460 m)
Range typical: 380 nm (700 km)
ferry: 2,000 nm (3,704 km)
g-Limits unknown

Gun two 30-mm DEFA 554 cannons (125 rds ea)
Stations nine external hardpoints
Air-to-Air Missile Matra Super 530, Matra 550 Magic, MICA
Air-to-Surface Missile AS.37, AS.39 Exocet, Wasp, ASMP cruise missile, AS30/ARMAT ARM
Bomb BAP 100, Durandal, BGL 1000 laser-guided, 250/400 kg GP, cluster bombs
Other ECM pods, rocket pods

Mirage 2000A Prototype
Mirage 2000B Two-seat trainer
Mirage 2000C One-seat interceptor
Mirage 2000RDM Interceptor with new RDM multi-mode radar
Mirage 2000RDI Interceptor with more capable RDI air interception radar
Mirage 2000D Two-seat tactical bomber; at least 39 ordered by France
Mirage 2000E Multi-role fighter based on 2000C for export
Mirage 2000ED Export version of the 2000B trainer
Mirage 2000ER One-seat reconnaissance model for export
Mirage 2000N Two-seat nuclear bomber; approximately 75 built
Mirage 2000R One-seat reconnaissance model based on 2000E
Mirage 2000S Two-seat tactical bomber for export
Mirage 2000-5 One-seat ground attack version of 2000C, designed with greater stealth characteristics
Mirage 2000-9 Improved 2000-5

KNOWN COMBAT RECORD: Iraq - Operation Desert Storm (France, 1991)
Bosnia - Operation Deliberate Force (France, 1995)
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom (France, 2001-present)
Libya - Operation Unified Protector / Harmattan (France, Qatar, UAE, 2011)

KNOWN OPERATORS: Brazil, Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) - 12
Egypt, Al Quwwat al Jawwiya il Misriya (Egyptian Air Force) - 20
France, Armée de l'Air (French Air Force) - 315
Greece, Elliniki Polimiki Aeroporia (Hellenic Air Force) - 44
India, Bharatiya Vayu Sena (Indian Air Force) - 51
Peru, Fuerza Aérea del Perú (Peruvian Air Force) - 12
Qatar (Qatar Emiri Air Force) - 12
Taiwan, Chung-Kuo Kung Chuan (Republic of China Air Force) - 60
United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates Air Force) - 68


Mirage 2000

  • 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.
  • Dassault site
  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 308.
  • 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.
  • 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. 94-97.
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery

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