Dassault Mirage 5 & 50

1st Flight 1967

The Dassault Mirage 5 is a supersonic attack aircraft designed during the 1960s and manufactured in France and a number of other countries.

It was derived from Dassault’s popular Mirage III fighter and spawned several variants of its own, including the IAI Kfir.

The aircraft is capable of nuclear weapons delivery.

Variants

Mirage 5

Single seat radar less ground/attack fighter aircraft.

Mirage 5AD  

Export version of Mirage 5 for Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mirage 5EAD

Single seat radar equipped fighter/bomber version for Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mirage 5BA  

Single-seat version of the Mirage 5 for Belgium, fitted with mainly US avionics.

Mirage 5COA

Export version of the Mirage 5 for Colombia.

Remaining aircraft upgraded by IAI with canards and new avionics.

Mirage 5D  

Export single seat ground attack aircraft of the Mirage 5 for Libya.

Mirage 5DE  

Single seat radar equipped fighter/bomber version for Libya.

Mirage 5F  

Single-seat ground-attack fighter aircraft for the French Air Force, 50 ex-Israeli Mirage 5Js.

Eight aircraft withdrawn for conversion to Mirage 50C for Chile, with eight new-build 5Fs built as replacements.

Mirage 5G  

Export version of the Mirage 5 for Gabon.

Mirage 5G-2  

Four upgraded aircraft for Gabon, two of which were upgraded 5G and two undelivered ex-Zaire 5M.

Mirage 5J

50 aircraft were ordered by Israel, the order was later embargoed by the French government.

They were delivered to the French Air Force as the Mirage 5F.

Mirage 5M  

Export version of the Mirage 5 for Zaire.

Mirage 5MA Elkan  

Upgraded Mirage 5BA aircraft sold to Chile.

Mirage 5P  

Export version of the Mirage 5 for Peru.

Mirage 5P Mara  

Upgraded Mirage 5P aircraft for Argentina.

Mirage 5P3

Upgraded aircraft for Peru.

Mirage 5P4

Upgraded aircraft for Peru, two built new plus upgraded older aircraft.

Mirage 5PA

Single-seat radarless version of the Mirage 5 for Pakistan.

Mirage 5PA2  

New build radar equipped aircraft for Pakistan, fitted with Cyrano IV radar.

Mirage 5PA3

New build radar-equipped anti-shipping aircraft for Pakistan, fitted with an Agave radar for compatibility with Exocet anti-ship missile.

Mirage 5SDE  

Single seat radar-equipped fighter/bomber version for Egypt, equivalent to Mirage IIIE.

Mirage 5E2  

Upgraded radar less attack version for Egypt.

Mirage 5V  

Single-seat ground attack aircraft 5 for Venezuela.

Survivors rebuilt to Mirage 50EV standard.

Mirage 5R  

Single seat reconnaissance aircraft.

Mirage 5BR  

Reconnaissance version of 5BA for Belgium.

Mirage 5COR  

Export version of the Mirage 5R for Colombia.

Mirage 5DR

Export version of the Mirage 5R for Libya.

Mirage 5RAD  

Export version of the Mirage 5R for Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mirage 5SDR

Export version of the Mirage 5R for Egypt.

Mirage 5Dx

Two seat training version.

Mirage 5BD

Two-seat trainer version of 5BA for Belgium.

Mirage 5COD  

Two-seat trainer for Colombia.

Two built, Both upgraded with canards and new avionics.

Mirage 5DAD  

Two-seat trainer for Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mirage 5DD  

Two-seat trainer for Libya.

Mirage 5DG  

Two-seat trainer for Gabon.

Mirage 5DM  

Two-seat trainer for Zaire.

Mirage 5DP  

Two-seat trainer for Peru.

Mirage 5DP3  

Updated trainer for Peru.

Two new build plus upgrade of remaining 5DPs.

Mirage 5DPA2  

Two-seat trainer version for Pakistan.

Mirage 5MD Elkan  

Upgraded Mirage 5BD aircraft sold to Chile.

Mirage 5SDD  

Two-seat trainer for Egypt.

Mirage 50

Single seat multirole fighter/bomber, ground attack aircraft, powered by more powerful 49.2 kN (11,055 lbf) dry, 70.6 kN (15,870 lbf) with reheat Atar 9K-50 engine.

It was also available with or without radar.

Mirage 50C

New build radar equipped Mirage 50 for Chile.

Mirage 50FC

Eight re-engined Mirage 5F aircraft sold to Chile.

Mirage 50DC

Two-seat training version for Chile.

Three built, two with lower powered Atar 9C-3 engine.

Mirage 50CN Pantera

Mirage 50C and 50FC aircraft upgraded by ENAER with help from the Israeli company IAI for Chile with canards, revised, Kfir style nose and new avionics; 13 50C and FC upgraded plus two 50DC trainers.

Mirage 50EV

Upgraded Mirage 5V aircraft for Venezuela, with Atar 9K-50 engine, canards and updated avionics.

Six new-build aircraft, three upgraded ex-Zaire 5M, plus six upgraded remaining IIIEV and 5Vs.

Mirage 50DV

Upgraded Mirage 5DV aircraft for Venezuela, similar standard to 50EV.

One new build plus two upgrades.

This variant is also in service with the Ecuadorian Air Force.

Specifications

Mirage 5F

Crew: 1

Length: 15.55 m (51 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 8.22 m (27 ft 0 in)

Height: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)

Wing area: 35 m2 (380 sq ft)

Empty weight: 7,150 kg (15,763 lb)

Max take-off weight: 13,700 kg (30,203 lb)

Powerplant

1 × SNECMA Atar 9C afterburning turbojet, 41.97 kN (9,440 lbf) thrust dry, 60.8 kN (13,700 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

 Maximum speed

2,350 km/h (1,460 mph, 1,270 kn) at 12,000 m (39,370 ft)

Cruise speed

956 km/h (594 mph, 516 kn)

Combat range

1,250 km (780 mi, 670 nmi) hi-lo-hi profile with 2x 400 kg (882 lb) bombs and max external fuel

Ferry range: 4,000 km (2,500 mi, 2,200 nmi)

Service ceiling: 18,000 m (59,000 ft)

Wing loading: 391 kg/m2 (80 lb/sq ft)

Armament

Guns

2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun

Rockets

2× Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 litres) of fuel

Missiles

2× AIM-9 Sidewinder OR Matra R550 Magic

Bombs

4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of payload on five external hard points, including a variety of bombs, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks.

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