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Country of Origin France
Builder team : Dassault Aviation, SNECMA, Thomson-CSF
  • Mirage F1 CT - Close Air Support (CAS) / attack / fighter
  • Mirage F1 CR - Tactical reconnaissance / fighter
First flight : November 1981
1992 for the new weapons system (F1 CT version)
In-service in French Air Force : 1983
Similar Aircraft
  • Super Etendard
  • Mitsubishi F-1
  • AV-8B Harrier II
  • Fantan A
  • one
  • trainer--two
Length 49 ft (14.94 m) 15.33 m
Span 27 ft, 7 in (8.4 m)
Height : 4.50 m
Weight 8.1 t empty
15.2 t maximum at takeoff
Power plant / Thrust : SNECMA Atar 9K50 jet engine / 4.7 t and 6.8 t with afterburner
Ceiling 52,000 ft [20,000 meters ?]
Maximum speed : Mach 2.2
Cruise range 1160 nm
In-Flight Refueling Y
Internal Fuel 3435 kg
Fuel capacity : 4,100 l internal / 6,400 l maximal / In-flight refuelling
Payload 6300 kg
Sensors Cyrano IVM radar (-200 has IWMR), RWR
Drop Tanks 1160 L drop tank with 927kg of fuel for 157nm of range
2300 l drop tank with 1837kg of fuel for 310nm of range
  • 2 30mm DEFA 553 cannon
  • 2 Matra Magic R550
  • free fall and parachute drag bombs
Special equipment : Radar Thomson-CSF Cyrano IV-MR (air-to-air, air-to-ground), inertial navigation system, panoramic camera Omera 40, vertical camera Omera 33, IR thermographic captor Super Cyclope, lateral radar Raphael, electromagnetic emissions detector Astac, photographic pod RP35P, Desire digital video recce pod, electronic counter measures
NATO interoperability : In-flight refuelling by NATO aircraft, armament and ammunitions in accordance with NATO standards
User Country
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Qatar
  • South Africa
  • Spain
Number of units produced : 740 (all types of Mirage F1 included)
French Air Force inventory : 40 aircraft in 2 squadrons

Reconnaissance sensors of the Mirage F1 CR
Raphael TH Airborne electronic imagery radar with radio transmission> 600-kg pod for radar imagery (SLAR : Side Looking Airborne Radar) up to 100-km inside enemy lines
Astac ASTAC is an ELINT/ESM system designed for detection, identification and localisation of radars of all types. It is suitable for medium and high altitude stand-off reconnaissance missions, or at low altitude on the battlefield and in penetration, where it can collect data for avoidance or destruction of anti-air defenses. The ASTAC tactical signals analyserpod is a light supersonic pod that is easy to install under any combat aircraft. It is currently in operation on French Air Force's Mirage F1CRs and the Japanese Air Force's RF-4E aircraft.
Desire Electro-optical reconnaissance demonstrator Pendular pod for digital video reconnaissance (Thomson-CSF), including 610-mm high-definition stabilised optics. The pod is linked with the ground station SARA and with the multisensors interpretation aid system (SAIM)
Super cyclope Thermographic sensor (infrared wavelength), whose information can be sent in real time or at a later time to a ground station.
Pod RP35P Includes 75, 150, 200 and 600-mm focal length photographic camera
Omera 33 Camera taking shots vertically at intermediate altitude (150, 300 and 600-mm focal length)
Omera 40 Panoramic camera taking 180 downwards shots

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