46 ft. 11 in.
32 ft. 6 in.
2- 30 mm
The Dassault Etendard was built to meet French and NATO requirements for a light fighter aircraft. Its designers incorporated improvements learned from Korean War air battles into it. Three prototypes were developed, and their designs rejected. However the model IV was accepted for use for French aircraft carrier operations. It became the first aircraft of its type, designed for use aboard aircraft carriers, to be developed by Dassault. From 1961 to 1965 the French Navy accepted deliveries of 69 Dassault Etendard fighters and 21 reconnaissance aircraft. They were used on their carriers Clemenceau and Foch. These aircraft continued in service through mid 1991 when all Dassault Etendard aircraft were retired from service.
The Dassault Etendard, classified as the Super model, flew for the first time in 1974 and started deployment in 1978. The aircraft were larger than their predecessors, with more powerful engines. Ordnance capacity was also increased.
In the Falklands War of 1982, five Dassault Etendard aircraft saw action for the Argentine Navy against British Naval forces. They proved effective, sinking a destroyer and a cargo ship. In 1984 Iraq used their five aircraft to attack Iranian tankers. We are told that they had “some success,” but do not know to what extend.
After some 164 aircraft were built, Dassault Etendard production ended in 1983.