Etendard IVM

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Etendard IVM
General characteristics
1 personCrew
11.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
13 000 mCeiling
SNECMA Atar 8C2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1263 km/hStructural
426 km/hGear
Suspended armament
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannonSetup 1
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 2
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
2 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 3
2 x AS-20 Nord ATGMSetup 4
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
72 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 5
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 6
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
36 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 7
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 8
2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 9
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 000 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png11 000 / 14 927/7 000 / 9 499/3 030 / 4 111Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 400 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
440 % Sl icon.png270 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Etendard IVM.jpg

The Etendard IVM is a rank VI French jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/SB) and 9.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Flight performance

The Etendard has good acceleration up to 1050 km/h, after which the aircraft tends to have a very difficult time accelerating. Manoeuvrability is acceptable when above 800 km/h - not great, but not bad. However, dipping below 800 km/h causes the aircraft to lose much of its turning ability, and energy retention is quite poor at all speeds. The aircraft has a good rate of climb compared to its counterparts.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,085 1,076 13 000 32.7 33.5 79.4 74.2 800
Upgraded ___ 1,100 __._ 32.0 __._ 95.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1263 426 N/A 1,300 389 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 920 < 750 < 600 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 8C2 1 3,385 kg 320 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 38m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 7,228 kg 7,848 kg 8,537 kg 9,088 kg 10,950 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 38m fuel MTOW
Stationary 4,075 kgf N/A 0.56 0.52 0.48 0.45 0.37
Optimal 5,688 kgf
(750 - 900 km/h)
N/A 0.79 0.72 0.67 0.63 0.52

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Suspended armament

Main article: DEFA 552 (30 mm)

The Etendard IVM can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AS-20 Nord missiles
  • 72 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 36 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 36 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons

Usage in battles

Although it does not have an afterburner, the Etendard has a very competitive TWR and acceleration, thanks to its light weight and powerful engine. It also has a good climb rate, decent turn rate, and a fairly standard set of armaments. However, like many French jets at its tier, it tends to have poor energy retention, and any manoeuvring tends drastically reduce acceleration. This means that a turnfighting play-style is often difficult, and defensive flying is hard to do successfully- the player should avoid gaining a tail if at all possible.

As such, the aircraft's good climbing ability and acceleration make it better suited for a more passive boom and zoom play style, where it is unlikely that an enemy will be able to chase it down. Such a playstyle will require teamwork. The Etendard is by no means a solo carry, and diving in and out of furballs to support teammates is often necessary. In this play style, the player will be easily able to keep a speed above 800 km/h (below which the aircraft's manoeuvrability suffers greatly).

The Etendard has two 30 mm cannons mounted on the bottom side of the aircraft. This can throw off many players' aim, and the only way to resolve this issue is through practice. The aircraft's air-to-air missiles, while less able to lock and track enemies than missiles mounted by other aircraft at the tier, can be very effective against slow targets and unmanoeuvrable bombers such as the Vautour.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor M64
II New boosters Airframe Offensive 30 mm Mk83 Matra SNEB
III Wings repair Engine Nord AS.20
IV G-suit Cover New 30 mm cannons AIM-9B

Pros and cons


  • Good acceleration and climb rate
  • Strong cannons and ground-attack capability


  • Often uptiered, forcing the plane to face difficult opponents
  • Has weaker air-to-air missiles than other jets at its rank
  • Limited ammunition
  • Poor low-speed manoeuvrability


The Dassault Etendard was designed on an airplane base initially intended for the French Air Force, to participate in the competition for the best ground attack aircraft capable of operating from makeshift runways.

This design was not chosen by NATO, which preferred the Fiat G.91. The French Air Force also did not want it and preferred to wait until the end of the development of the Mirage III. However, the prototype built for the French Air Force caught the attention of the Navy, which requested a navalised prototype in 1956.

A new engine was then added to it: the Atar 8 (Atar 9 without afterburner); an in-flight refuelling pole; new high lift devices; a new fuselage with a larger wing area; foldable wing tips; a new reinforced structure to support catapultages and landings; and finally, enlarged the nose cone to fit the new Aida radar. 5 devices were ordered in pre-production by the French Navy in May 1957. On May 21, 1958, at Melun Villaroche, Jean-Marie Saget took charge of the plane. The Etendard flew as fast as the Super Mystere B2 despite not having an afterburner.

Dassault would produce 90 copies in Mérignac (not counting the prototypes). From the Etendard IVM no.1 to no.69, deliveries were made from December 1961 to May 1965.

The Etendard IVM was gradually withdrawn from service from 1978, due to the introduction of the Super Etendard.


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See also

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Marcel Bloch Aviation Society* (Société des Avions Marcel Bloch)
Fighters  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Bombers  M.B.162 · M.B.174A-3 · M.B.175T
Jet Fighters  M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Super Mystere B2 · Etendard IVM · Mirage IIIC
  * Marcel Bloch changed his last name to Dassault and the company name changed to Avions Marcel Dassault or Marcel Dassault Aircraft in 1947.

France jet aircraft
Fighters  ▄F-84G-26-RE · ▄F-86K · ▄F-100D
  M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Super Mystere B2 · Etendard IVM · Mirage IIIC
Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB