/ Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard
Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard
The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard is a French carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft designed for service with the French Navy.
The aircraft is an advanced development of the Étendard IVM, which it replaced.
The Super Étendard first flew in October 1974 and entered French service in June 1978.
French Super Étendards have served in several conflicts such as the Kosovo war, the war in Afghanistan and the military intervention in Libya.
The Super Étendard was also operated by Iraq and Argentina, which both deployed the aircraft during wartime.
Argentina’s use of the Super Étendard and the Exocet missile during the 1982 Falklands War led to the aircraft gaining considerable popular recognition.
The Super Étendard was used by Iraq to attack oil tankers and merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq-Iran War.
14.31 m (46 ft 11 in)
9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
3.86 m (12 ft 8 in)
28.4 m2 (306 sq ft)
6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
Max take-off weight
12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
1 × Snecma Atar 8K-50 turbojet, 49 kN (11,000 lbf) thrust
1,205 km/h (749 mph, 651 kn)
1,820 km (1,130 mi, 980 nmi)
850 km (530 mi, 460 nmi) with one AM39 Exocet missile on one wing pylon and one drop tank on opposite pylon, hi-lo-hi profile
13,700 m (44,900 ft)
Rate of climb
100 m/s (20,000 ft/min)
423 kg/m2 (87 lb/sq ft)
2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
4× underwing and 2× under-fuselage with a capacity of 2,100 kg (4,600 lb) maximum,
4× Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each
1× AM-39 Exocet Anti-shipping missile
1× Air-Sol Moyenne Portée nuclear armed missile
2× Matra Magic Air-to-air missile
Conventional unguided or laser-guided bombs, provision for 1 × AN-52 free-fall nuclear bomb, provision for “buddy” air refuelling pod.
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