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A Mirage 2000 with under wing missiles and a center-line fuel tank.

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French single engine, delta winged multirole fighter. It was designed in the 1970s as lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III.

History[]

Development[]

The Mirage 2000 evolved from other Mirage planes which were used from 1965 to 1975. Because of the US F-15 Eagle and F-14 Tomcat, Dassault developed a twin engine air superiority fighter, Designated Mirage 4000. But a twin engine fighter would be too expensive, so Dassault searched for an alternative. It had to be a single engine, delta winged fighter. The resulting Mirage 2000 was first flown on 10th March 1978.[1]

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Specification[]

References[]

  1. Gunston, Bill. Illustrated Guide To Modern Fighters And Attack Aircraft. Salamander Books. 1980. ISBN 0 86101 055 8 Page 22
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