Dassault Mystere IVA
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Possessing little more than a conceptual similarity to the Mystere II, the Mystere IVA featured a more robust, oval-section fuselage, a wing of increased sweepback and reduced thickness/chord ratio, and new tail surfaces. The prototype was flown on 28 September 1952 with a similar Tay 250A turbojet to that used in the Mystere IIA and IIB, and, in the following April, an offshore procurement contract (as part of US support for NATO nations) was placed for 225 Mystere IVAs. This was subsequently supplemented with a contract from the French government for a further 100 aircraft. The first series Mystere IVA was flown on 29 May 1954, the initial batch of 50 retaining the Tay 250A engine of the prototype, all subsequent aircraft having the 3500kg Hispano-Suiza Verdon 350 (licence-built Tay). Basic armament comprised two 30-mm cannon. Of the 275 Verdon-powered Mystere IVAs produced, 60 were supplied to Israel, with deliveries commencing April 1956, and a further contract for 110 was placed by India with deliveries commencing in 1957.