Dassault Mirage 4000
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Nniiden Dassault Mirage 4000 (sometimes named the Super Mirage 4000) was a French prototype jet fighter aircraft developed by Dassault-Breguet from their Mirage 2000.
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The Dassault Mirage 4000 was a French twin-engine fighter aircraft developed by Dassault Aviation in the late 1970s. It was designed as a larger and more powerful version of the Mirage 2000, with a greater range, payload and combat capability. The Mirage 4000 had a delta wing with canards, a retractable refueling probe, and a radar-absorbent material coating. It was equipped with a Thomson-CSF RDI pulse-Doppler radar, a Sextant inertial navigation system, and a fly-by-wire control system. The Mirage 4000 could carry a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, including Matra Magic, Super 530, and Exocet missiles, as well as laser-guided bombs and nuclear weapons. The Mirage 4000 first flew on 9 March 1979 and achieved supersonic speed on its second flight. However, the project did not receive any orders from the French Air Force or any foreign customers, mainly due to its high cost and competition from other fighters such as the F-15 Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The only prototype built was used for testing and demonstration until 1988, when it was retired and stored at Istres Air Base. In 1997, it was transferred to the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget, where it is currently on display.
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