Dassault Mirage 3 NG
1982
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Dassault Mirage 3 NG

Utilising the proven airframe of the Mirage IIIE, Dassault undertook a thorough-going modernisation of equipment and systems to produce the Mirage 3 NG which flew as a prototype on 21 December 1982. Introducing features intended to endow it with much improved air combat performance and survivability in air-ground operations, the Mirage 3 NG (the suffix signifying Nouvelle Generation) had non-retractable swept-back foreplanes, or canards, and highly-swept wing root leading edge extensions. It possessed a fly-by- wire control system derived from that of the Mirage 2000, provision for in-flight refuelling, a SNECMA Atar 9K-50 turbojet affording a full afterburning thrust of 7200kg, an advanced nav/attack system and optional forward-looking sensors, such as a modernised Cyrano IV radar, a laser rangefinder or Agave dual-role radar. Maximum take-off weight was increased by comparison with the Mirage IIIE or 5, four lateral stores stations were introduced on the fuselage, and performance improvements included (by comparison with the IIIE) a 20-25% gain in take-off distance, 40% in time to altitude, a 3050m increase in supersonic ceiling, a three-minute improvement in intercept time and comparably impressive gains in acceleration, instantaneous turn rate and combat air patrol time. No production order was placed for the Mirage 3 NG and only one prototype was tested.

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Dassault Mirage 3 NGA three-view drawing (1683 x 1043)


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight14700 kg32408 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.22 m27 ft 12 in
    Length15.65 m51 ft 4 in
    Height4.50 m15 ft 9 in
    Wing area35.00 m2376.74 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed2125 km/h1320 mph

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