Developed as a private venture, the Mirage 4000 was
designed to fulfil both interception and low-altitude
penetration roles, and was fundamentally a scale-up of
the Mirage 2000. The prototype, originally known as
the Super Mirage 4000, was flown on 9 March 1979,
achieving Mach=1.6 during its first flight and
Mach=2.2 five weeks later, on 11 April, during its sixth
flight. Powered initially by two SNECMA M53-2 turbofans
with afterburning thrust of 8500kg, the
Mirage 4000 introduced a number of advanced
features, including the 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. 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.
| MODEL||Mirage 4000|
| ENGINE||2 x SNECMA M53 turbofans, 10000kg|
| Wingspan||12.0 m||39 ft 4 in|
| Length||18.7 m||61 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||73.0 m2||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, weapons on ten hardpoints|
|A three-view drawing (1673 x 1197)|
i think it is good some one should give a try
Don't be fool by it sexy look, nobody in France is actually regretting this jet. It was an expensive Air Interceptor, which did not correspond to our defence needs at the time.
If we went on with the development of this plane we would have waste a lot of money for a too specialized plane will everybody were already developing 5th generation aircraft. We wouldn't have the much more versatile Rafale and we would be stuck with 4 or 5 specialized aircraft instead of replacing them all with only one.
Don't forget that the Rafale has already replaced the Jaguar, the Crusader and will replace the Super etandard, the Mirage F1 and the Mirage 2000.
So the Mirage 4000 is indeed a beautiful jet but it was before all a phantasm from Dassault and I am please that for once our politics took the right decision and did not let the defence industry lobby influenced them.
Great site by the way. The Mirage 4000 shows again the French willingness to proceed and give priority to their country's and indeed countrymen's needs azhead of the political correctness/abandonment in the UK, in their going in with other nations. France may have not poroceeded but there will as power is there. although they're not famed for winning a lot, in various wars, they understand what their counrty needs and wants, unlike our poliicians in the UK, who should have produced indigenous fighter/combat aircraft down the years.
|Dr. Nick Stage--PHD., 09.11.2007|
This superior jet aircraft, the SUPER-Mirage 4000,
should have been MASS-produced.
It is almost, about 92% of the "specs" AND performance
of the USAF F-15E "Super-Eagle" and the Russian SU-27K
and Su-30KK "Flanker" interceptors.
In fact, this writer, that's me, actually wrote to Dassault
in France, asking for a SUPER-SUPER-Mirage-4000.
I called it the 'Ultra-Mirage-5000', and would the components
found in both the New F-15K "Super-Super-Eagle, and the
new USAF "Raptor"--the NEWER-than-new F-22A "Super-Raptor".
France would have been EQUAL to the United States, and
ahead of Russia, by 5-to-8 years, if the Super-Mirage
4000--and it's variant, the Ultra-Mirage 5000, had been
built, en masse.
Former French Presidents Mitterand and Chirac "blew it" for
France's chance for REAL equality in air power,
aerospace technology, and SALES,with the the scrapping of
the Super-Mirage 4000 aircraft, as well as the scapping
of the planned 4-man "Hermes" mini-space shuttle
program, and along with the scrapped ARIANE-5/6 super
rocket Booster program, that would have a rocket
booster producing 5,500,000 Lbs. of thrust; next
only the old Saturn-5 Booster--8,000,000 Lbs of thrust.
|Maverick Charlie, 17.06.2007|
I feel satisfied with this aircraft. It's a real multi role fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force can make a right decision by including MIRAGE 4000 in its fleet.
|Maverick Charlie, 17.06.2007|
I feel satisfied with this aircraft. It's a real multi role fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force can make a right decision
by including MIRAGE 40000 in its fleet.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?