Military Review

Mirage 4000 multipurpose fighter

The first samples of a highly maneuverable aircraft with a front horizontal tail (GIP) were created on the basis of the famous French fighter, tailless Mirage 3. These are airplanes: Mirage 4000 (France, first flight 9 March 1979 g.), Mirage 3NG (France, 1982 g.), Mirage 3S (Switzerland, 1983 g.). The greatest differences from the prototype has aircraft Mirage 4000. It has a much larger mass and size, equipped with two engines. Unlike the rest of the machines mentioned here, its CIP is made movable and serves for control (together with elevons on the wing).

Mirage 4000 - the first plane "duck", having a system of artificial stability.

The Mirage 4000 multi-role fighter was created by Dassault-Breguet in a proactive manner. According to experts of the company, it can be used to gain superiority in the air and attack ground targets.

According to the aerodynamic scheme, the aircraft is somewhat similar to the Mirage 2000 fighter, it differs from it in the presence of front aerodynamic surfaces (made according to the "duck" scheme) and the installation of two engines M53-5. The fuel capacity of the Mirage 4000 is about 3 times larger than that of the Mirage 2000 fighter. In addition, under the wing and fuselage, it can carry up to three overhead tanks with a capacity of 2500 l. The aircraft is equipped with radar RDM, which is supposed to be replaced by a more advanced RDI station.

Built-in weapons consists of two 30-mm guns "Def". Options for outboard armament deployed on 11 units under the fuselage and wing consoles are as follows: two medium-range URs and two to eight air-to-air melee combat units; four SD air-to-ground; 27 250 kg bombs or Durendal concrete bombs; 18 Beluga bomb cassettes; 14 guided bombs caliber 250 kg.

The development of the Mirage 4000 aircraft at its own expense was undertaken by the company, taking into account the potential possibilities of its delivery to the external market. By the middle of 1983, one prototype Mirage 4000 was built, which undergoes limited flight tests. According to the company's specialists, full-scale tests of the aircraft, its airborne equipment and armament will not be made until the contracts for the supply of it to interested countries are concluded.

Aircraft performance characteristics:

Wingspan, m
Length m
Height, m

Wing area, m2

Weight, kg
maximum take-off


Thrust, kgf
X 2 9100

Maximum speed km / h
2445 (M = 2.2)

Practical range, km

Rate of climb, m / min

Practical ceiling, m

two 30 mm DEFA guns.
combat load - 8000 kg on 11 suspension units
outboard options:
2 SD medium range shooting and 2 - 8 SD close air combat class air-to-air;
4 UR class air - ground;
27 kg bombs 250 caliber or Durandal concrete bombs; 18 Beluga bomb cassettes;
14 guided bombs caliber 250 kg.
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  1. Gascon
    Gascon 12 March 2011 09: 22
    It flies well for the prototype!
  2. Radoslav
    Radoslav April 17 2011 11: 53
    Shit, not a fly, our best
  3. travel
    travel April 18 2011 22: 50
    Radoslav, you wouldn’t put it that way ... it seems like mania is even better for us than fools ...
  4. bremest
    bremest 18 February 2012 20: 42
    Maneuverability is below average, it does not reach ours.
  5. Sandov
    Sandov 20 February 2012 19: 48
    The French are good competitors to amers, remember the Exocet rockets in the Falklands.