Developed as a private venture, the Milan (Kite) was a
progressive development of the basic delta-winged
Mirage and was intended primarily as a single-seat
strike fighter. The distinguishing feature of the Milan
was provided by two small retractable foreplanes
which were referred to colloquially as "moustaches".
These were developed by Dassault in collaboration
with the Swiss aircraft industry and were intended to
improve low-speed control and take-off performance,
to increase the suitability of the basic design for the
low-level role. Work on a prototype Milan, modified
from a Mirage IIIE, began mid-1968, and the initial test
phase, with non-retractable foreplanes, was completed
in March 1969. A fully-equipped pre-series prototype,
the Milan S-01, first flew on 29 May 1970. Representative
of the proposed series Milan S, this was powered
by a SNECMA Atar 9K-50 providing an afterburning
thrust of 7200kg. The series Milan S, which
was offered for delivery from early 1972, was intended
to be fitted with a nav/attack system similar to that of
the Jaguar strike aircraft, and internal armament was to have comprised two 30mm cannon, with external
ordnance loads up to 4000kg distributed between
seven hardpoints. In the event, no orders were
placed for the Milan, and further development was discontinued
in 1972, the prototype being adapted as that
of the Mirage 50.
| Take-off weight||14000 kg||30865 lb|
| Loaded weight||7000 kg||15432 lb|
| Wingspan||15.90 m||52 ft 2 in|
| Max. speed||2337 km/h||1452 mph|
| Ceiling||12000 m||39350 ft|
ele é melhor ou pior do que os mirages antecessores afinal ?
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