YouTube – Mirage 2000
one or two
1 x 21,835 lbs.
2- 30 mm
47 ft. 1 in.
29 ft. 11 in.
The Mirage 2000 model C, produced by Dassault, became the first of the Mirage 2000 series of aircraft to be deployed. A prototype Mirage 2000 first took to the sky in 1978, with initial deployment in 1983.
The aircraft utilized a delta wing and a better understanding of aerodynamics augmented by fly-by-wire technology to attain superb speed and maneuverability.
The Mirage 2000 model C bears an outward resemblance to the III series, but is in fact an entirely new aircraft.
Throughout the years, the Mirage 2000 has been upgraded with more powerful, fuel efficient engines, longer range, higher resolution radars.
Eventually the improved radar of the Mirage 2000 enabled the tracking of very low flying targets, in addition to targets at altitude.
A Non-Cooperative Target Recognition mode was added to the radar avionics in order to identify aircraft which would not respond to IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) electronics.
The original mission of the Mirage 2000 was air superiority, but newer models carried avionics to accomplish air to ground, air to sea, and close air support missions.
Although deliveries of the single crew aircraft to the French Air Force ceased in 1998, Mirage 2000 aircraft continued to be delivered to French allies around the world.
The Mirage 2000 series “N” two seat aircraft has the capability of dropping nuclear ordnance.
Another two seat version, the series “D” is used as a ground attack aircraft, and can carry laser guided missiles, rockets and free fall bombs. The avionics of the series D aircraft include terrain following, all weather radar systems, enabling low altitude strikes.
The Mirage 2000 series 5, available in single and two seat versions, became operational in 1997. It is the most advanced version of the aircraft. Upgrades to the aircraft include a more powerful engine, enhanced radar systems, and the ability to utilize the latest long range air to air missiles.
The pilot of the Mirage 2000 series 5 aircraft can utilize HOTAS (Hands Off Throttle And Stick controls) and a combination HUD (Head Up Display) and head level display. These incorporate flight control information along with navigation and weapons systems. The pilot can track up to 24 targets while simultaneously engaging up to the eight which demand the highest priority.
The Mirage 2000 is capable of carrying some 13,900 lbs. of ordnance on five fuselage and four under wing hard points. In addition, the single seat aircraft carries two 30 mm cannons.
Mirage 2000 aircraft flew missions over Bosnia and Kosovo as part of UN peace keeping operations.
Although both French and Egyptian aircraft flew missions during the Gulf War, there are no reports of them seeing any action.
On October 8, 1996 two Mirage 2000 aircraft from the Greek Air Force engaged a flight of two Turkish aircraft that had reportedly violated Greek air space. We understand that one of the Greek aircraft fired a missile at the Turkish aircraft and downed it after the Turkish aircraft failed to comply with orders to return to international air space and then engaged in aggressive maneuvering. The other Turkish aircraft complied with the orders and was not fired upon.
Some 600 Mirage 2000 aircraft were built before production ceased in 2007.
RC Mirage 2000
That’s Gustavo Campana with his RC Mirage 2000 from Aviation Designs. It comes from a kit that builds to a wingspan of 72 in. and a length of 117 in. It features an exoxy – glass fuselage, epoxy wings and a composite fin. You will need from a 36 to 40 lb. thrust turbine engine to power the approximately 44 lb. model.
Hobby King has a RC Mirage 2000 kit with a 37 1/2 in. wingspan that is 53 in. long. It needs from a 36 to 39 mm 1500 – 1650 kV motor turning a 90 mm fan unit. Weight is around 53 oz.
The Freewing RC Mirage 2000 PNP has a 31 in. wingspan and 49 in length. Included is a 3530 – 1750 kV motor turning a 80 mm EDF unit plus retracts. Weight should be about 78 oz.