Dassault Mirage 4000
Intended as a multi-role fighter, the private venture Mirage 4000 prototype was originally known as the Super Mirage 4000.
Powered initially by two SNECMA M53-2 turbofans with afterburning thrust of 8500kg, the Mirage 4000 introduced extensive use of boron and carbonfibre composites for structures, and computer-derived aerodynamics and a fly-by-wire active control system making possible a rearward CG. Built-in armament consisted of two 30mm cannon and external ordnance loads in excess of 8000kg could be distributed between 11 external stations.
First flown on 9 March 1979, the Mirage 4000 achieved Mach=1.6 during its first flight and Mach=2.2 five weeks later, on 11 April, during its sixth flight.
The single prototype was re-engined with M53-5 turbofans with afterburning thrust of 8790kg during the course of its flight test programme. No production contract was placed for the Mirage 4000, but in 1986, the prototype was re-engined with M53-P2 engines and participated in the Rafale programme.
Engine: 2 x SNECMA M53 turbofans, 10000kg
Wingspan: 12.0 m / 39 ft 4.5 in
Length: 18.7 m / 61 ft 4 in
Wing area: 73.0 sq.m / 785.76 sq ft
Max. speed: 2333 km/h / 1450 mph
Ceiling: 20000 m / 65600 ft
Range w/max.fuel: 3700 km / 2299 miles
Armament: 2 x 30mm cannons