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Mirage III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1961
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Cheetah, Kfir C-2, Kfir C-7, Mirage 5, Mirage 50, Mirage 50EV, Mirage 50M, Mirage 5F, Mirage 5J, Mirage IIIB, Mirage IIIC, Mirage IIICJ, Mirage IIICZ, Mirage IIIDBR, Mirage IIIE, Mirage IIIR, Mirage IIIR2Z and Mirage V
Origin: France
Corporations: Dassault-Aviation
Parent System: Mirage III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1961
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Mirage IV
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Description: Dassault Mirage III is a single-engine, single-seat, supersonic, light fighter aircraft developed for the French Air Force. Originally, it was designed to perform air defense missions but follow-on models expanded its role becoming thus a truly light multi-purpose aircraft. Mirage 5 and Mirage 50 variants added ground attack capability to Mirage III fighter. It was to sold Kfir C-2 and C-7 aircraft were developed by Israel based on the Mirage III blue prints. South Africa operated another variant of Mirage III called Cheetah. It was sold to over 20 international customers.

Delta-wing Mirage III was powered by one Atar 9 turbojet. Advanced variants also feature canard fore planes which enhances its flight envelope. It could be equipped with Cyrano, Aida or Agave radar systems. Its armament comprises two internal DEFA 30mm cannons, R530 and R550 Magic short-range air-to-air missiles, conventional or nuclear bombs, gun pods, and AS30 and AS-37 Martel air-to-surface missiles.

Mirage III Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Length: 15 meter (49 foot)
Wingspan: 8.20 meter (26.9 foot)
Ceiling: 17,000 meter (55,774 foot)
Max Range: 1,660 kilometer (896 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 664 mps (2,391 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 15,875 pound (7,201 kilogram)
Payload: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mirage III News

There are 6 news between
8 May 2008 and 29 Mar 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012Raytheon Completes Production of 1,000th GBU-58 Laser-Guided Paveway Bomb
Saturday, June 18, 2011Raytheon Re-Introduces 250-Pound Paveway Precision-Guided Munition
Monday, December 13, 2010South African Air Force Cheetah Fighter Jets Sold to Ecuador
Sunday, September 5, 2010Colombian Air Force's B767-200ER Air Refueling Aircraft Completes Flight Tests
Monday, June 22, 2009Colombian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Batch of Kfir C10-C12 Aircraft
Thursday, May 8, 2008South African Air Force Takes Delivery of First Gripen

Operators & Related Equipment

201326Mirage III (11) and V (15)
200829Mirage III & IV
200730Mirage III & IV
20091Mirage V
20081Mirage V
20071Mirage V
20061Mirage V
Retired in 2005
Kfir C10-C12
Kfir and Cheetah C (12)
Sri Lanka?

Grand Total ?25
Defensive Weapons
GBU-58 Paveway
R.550 Magic 2x2
Offensive Weapons
Raptor Ix2
Raptor IIx2
Sensor Systems
Grifo M3/M5x1
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