Dassault Mirage III
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Mirage IIID A3-115 in ARDU colours, at RAAF Edinburgh, SA open day, 20 Oct. 2002. (J. Burford)
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Dassault Mirage III-O
- TYPE: Single-seat fighter-bomber
- COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
- ENGINE: One SNECMA Atar 9C turbojet, 9,460 lb dry thrust,
13,670 lb. reheat thrust.
- SPAN: 26 ft 11.5 in / 8.22 m.
- LENGTH: 49 ft 3.5 in / 15.03 m.
- HEIGHT: 14 ft 9 in / 4.5 m.
- MAX. SPEED; Mach 1.14 / 750 kts / 1,390 kph at sea level
Mach 2.2 / 1,269 kt / 2,350 kph at 36,000 ft.
- TIME TO ALTITUDE: 36,000 ft in 3 min.
- COMBAT RADIUS (ground attack): 647 nm / 1,200 km.
- SERVICE CEILING: 55,755 ft / 16,994 m.
- ARMAMENT: 2x 30 mm cannon; one Matra R.530 or R.550 AAM, 2x AIM-9B
Sidewinder AAMs; or up to 8,800 lb / 3,992 kg ordnance.
The R550 was a sidewinder replacement; two were carried on the outboard
pylons as per the Sidewinder.
- EMPTY WEIGHT: 15,540 lb / 7,049 kg
- MAX. LOADED: 30,200 lb / 13,699 kg
- CREW: 1 (The RAAF also operated some 2-seat variants)
- RAAF SERVICE: 1964-1988
with 2 OCU, 3, 75, 76, 77, and
79 Sqns. and ARDU (Aircraft Research
& Development Unit).
Replacing the Sabre, the Mirage was the RAAF's first supersonic aircraft,
being selected over the F-104 Starfighter, F-5 Freedom Fighter, the Phantom II
and the English Electric Lightning. From the third Mirage, the aircraft were
assembled in Australia from French components. From then on, Australian content
increased until from A3-16 the Mirage III's were effectively Australian built.
100 Mirage III-O's were delivered to the RAAF, and 16 Mirage III-D's. The last
public flights of RAAF Mirage aircraft were in September 1988 at the Bicentennial Air
Show at Richmond, NSW, and a few weeks later, at Avalon air show. The following February, A3-101 made the last official flight
into storage. In 1990, fifty were sold to the Pakistan Air Force.