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HA1617 Mirage 2000-5F "10 Years of GC 1/2" 2-EQ, Groupe de Chasse 1/2 Cigognes, September 2019
The Mirage 2000-5 is the second generation of the Mirage 2000. The French Armée de l’Air was replacing the older version of the Mirage 2000 and the manufacturer had hoped to sell the newer version to them but they had already committed to the Rafale. The manufacturer needed a sale to the ADA to help promote export sales so as a stopgap measure until the Rafale was delivered the ADA upgraded 37 of their early Mirage 2000’s to Dash 5 standards. The Dash 5 had new RDY radar, a new APSI (Advanced Pilot-System Interface) cockpit, MICA missiles and the ICMS Mk. 2 (integrated countermeasures system). The Dash 5 is the first production fighter aircraft ever to be equipped with LCD displays. France, Greece, India, Qatar and Taiwan are equipped with the Dash 5 version of the Mirage 2000.
The first major upgrade for the Mirage 2000C was the new cockpit displays, upgraded computers so the pilot could use targeting pods so various guided air-to-ground weapons could be dispensed. The radar also saw an upgrade making it possible to use MICA missiles. Mirage 2000-5F c/n 208 code 44, F-UGEE serial 2-EQ was constructed in 1988 as a “C” variant and was converted to a 2000-5F in 2002. In 2013 the aircraft was transferred to the Groupe de Chasse 1/2 Cigognes SPA103 Cigogne de Fonck.
Specifications for the Mirage 2000-5F
This variant is different from the Mirage 2000C only in upgraded radar and avionics.
The 2000-5F is also capable of carrying the over-sized drop tanks developed for the 2000N allowing for greater range.
Country of Origin – France
Contractor – Dassault Aviation
Role – Multi-role fighter
Crew – 1
Number of Dash 5 aircraft produced – 174
Length – 48.06ft (14.65m)
Height – 17.06ft (5.20m)
Wing Span – 29.95ft (9.13m)
Wing Area – 441.32sq.ft (41sq.m)
Empty – 16,535lb (7,500kg)
Take Off – 23,942lb (10,860kg)
Maximum Take Off – 37,479lb (17,000kg)
Engine – 1 X SNECMA M53-P2 turbofan / Maximum thrust 21,400lb
Internal Fuel – 7,055lb (3,200kg)
Speed – Mach 2.2 high altitude / Mach 1.2 low altitude
Operational ceiling – 60,000ft (18,288m)
2 X 30mm DEFA 554 cannon / 125 rounds each
6 or 8 X MICA AR (Active Radar) or IR (Infra Red) missiles
2 X Magic II missiles on outboard wing pylons