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The Dassault Mirage IIIV was a VTOL (Vertical Takeoff Or Landing) heavy fighter aircraft that was manufactured by Dassault Aviation. This plane was mainly designed as a prototype,


Because  Rolls-Royce RB162 lift engines specified for the Mirage IIIV were not expected to be available before 1963, Dassault modified the first Mirage III prototype as the Balzac V to serve as an interim VTOL testbed. Fitted with eight Rolls-Royce RB.108 lift engines and an unreheated Bristol Orpheus BOr 3 as the main engine. The Mirage IIIV had a longer fuselage than the other Mirages and had a wider wingspan.

General Characteristics[]

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 18 m (59 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.72 m (28 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 5.55 m (18 ft 2 in)
  • Loaded weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
  • Powerplant:
    • 1 × Snecma TF104B turbofan, 4,725 kg (19,842 lb)
    • 8 × Rolls-Royce RB162 lift turbojet, 2,000 kg (4,409 lb) each


  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.04
  • Rate of climb: Unknown (Because of the ability of vertical takeoff)
  • Maximum range: Unknown