Dassault Étendard IV

1st Flight 1956

The Dassault Étendard IV is a transonic carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft.

It is the first indigenously designed carrier-capable jet aircraft to be produced in France.

Development of the Étendard originally commenced during the 1950s.

Despite not having attracted the interests of either the French Army or any of the NATO air forces, a more powerful proposal had attracted the interest of the French Navy.

Accordingly, Dassault developed a navalised demonstrator, which made its first flight on 24 July 1956.

Its performance having met with the service’s satisfaction, the French Navy ordered the type into production, receiving a total of 69 Étendard IVM fighters, in addition to 21 Étendard IVP, the latter being a specialised aerial reconnaissance variant.

Variants

Étendard IV

The prototype powered by a 34.34 kN (7,720 lbf) SNECMA ATAR 101E3, first flown on 24 July 1956.

Étendard IVB

One prototype fitted with a 49.82 kN (11,200 lbf) thrust Rolls-Royce Avon engine and blown flaps.

Étendard IVM

Single-seat Maritime strike fighter aircraft for the French Navy.

Étendard IVP

Single-seat Photo reconnaissance aircraft for the French Navy.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 14.35 m (47 ft 1 in)

Wingspan: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)

Height: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)

Wing area: 28.4 m2 (306 sq ft)

Empty weight: 5,897 kg (13,001 lb)

Gross weight: 8,170 kg (18,012 lb)

Max take-off weight: 10,200 kg (22,487 lb)

Powerplant

1 × SNECMA ATAR 08B turbojet engine, 43.16 kN (9,700 lbf) thrust

Performance

Maximum speed: 1,099 km/h (683 mph, 593 kn)

Range: 3,300 km (2,100 mi, 1,800 nmi)

Service ceiling: 15,500 m (50,900 ft)

Rate of climb: 100 m/s (20,000 ft/min)

Wing loading: 282 kg/m2 (58 lb/sq ft)

Thrust/weight: 0.54

Armament

Guns: 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 150 rounds per gun

Rockets: 2 × Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each

Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder and Matra Magic air-to-air missiles, Nord AS.30 and AS.20 air-to-surface missiles.

Bombs: 1,360 kg (3,000 lb) of payload on four external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs or Drop tanks.

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