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Dassault-Breguet / Dornier

 

Following agreement between the French and German governments in 1969 to procure a new subsonic basic and advanced training aircraft, suitable for deployment also in a close-support or battlefield reconnaissance role, Dassault-Breguet and Dornier developed Alpha Jet, with involvement also by SABCA in Belgium and other French and German companies. Powered by twin turbofan engines, Alpha Jet first flown in October 1973; production eventually totaled 504, the majority going to Armee de I'Air and Luftwaffe, but others to Belgium, Cameroon, Egypt (assembled by AOI), Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, and Togo. The final versions available were the Alpha Jet basic trainer, Alpha Jet 2 strike aircraft, and Alpha Jet ATS advanced trainer with an advanced "glass"cockpit, laser designation, ECM, and more.

 


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