Mirage F1CT

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This page is about the French jet fighter Mirage F1CT. For other versions, see Mirage F1 (Family).
Mirage F1CT
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Mirage F1CT
AB RB SB
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Description

In July 1984, the new Mirage 2000 was starting to enter service with the French Air Force to replace the Mirage F-1C-200s in the frontline fighter role. As a result, the French Air Force was now left with a lot of leftover Mirage F1Cs to mothball, and in 1988 a program was launched to convert these F1Cs into a frontline ground attack aircraft to replace the ancient Mirage IIIEs and few Mirage 5s used by France in that role at the time. The Mirage F1CT program brought the avionics of the F1C up to the standard of the F1CR (reconnaissance variant), with the radar upgraded to the Cyrano IVM-R standard, adding a plethora of new air-to-ground modes for ground attack. In addition, an improved navigation/attack system outfitted with a laser rangefinder was installed under the nose for low-altitude interdiction, navigation, and the delivery of laser guided ordnance. The defensive suite was also overhauled with a new RWR, enlarged chaff/flare dispensers for SEAD missions, and modernized communication systems were also added. As a result, the Mirage F1CT also gained the ability to carry a variety of air-to-ground weapons, including rockets, cluster bombs and laser-guided bombs, all while retaining the original air-to-air armament of the F-1C fighter variant.

Introduced in Update "Danger Zone", the Mirage F1CT acts as the best Mirage F1 variant for air-to-air combat, despite being in the attacker line in the tech tree. This is due to having the better RWR system of all the Mirage F1s. The F1CT can also perform better at air-to-ground than the other models in-game, due to the larger bomb load, allowing it to carry more freefall ordnance. All in all, the F1CT acts as a nice sidegrade to the Mirage F1s in the other parts of the tree, or for people who want a Mirage F1 quickly, a more easily acquirable one from the shorter attacker line rather than the fighter line which the Mirage F1C is found in.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 12 000 m2 228 km/h
Turn time27 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineSNECMA Atar 9K-50
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight15 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 12,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,156 2,118 16000 28.3 28.8 128.6 122.6 750
Upgraded 2,300 2,228 26.2 27.0 183.9 155.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,457 444 575 549 416 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 800 < 900 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 9K-50 1 8,036 kg 458 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 44m fuel
1,590 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 9,058 kg 9,581 kg 10,354 kg 11,443 kg 16,635 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 44m fuel MGW
Stationary 4,890 kgf 6,801 kgf 0.75 0.71 0.66 0.59 0.41
Optimal 5,917 kgf
(1,200 - 1,400 km/h)
9,875 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.09 1.03 0.95 0.86 0.59

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear444 km/h

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.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 777 → 4 068 Sl icon.png
RB8 167 → 11 964 Sl icon.png
SB8 357 → 12 243 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications299 000 Rp icon.png
464 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training270 000 Sl icon.png
Experts950 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 210 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 320 / 600 % Sl icon.png
244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
aden_belt_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Type 25C
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Type 21B
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Matra R530
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Matra R530E
Mods weapon.png
aden_new_gun
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Matra JL-100R
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Matra LR F1
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Matra 530F
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 553 (30 mm)

The Mirage F1CT is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannon, belly-mounted (135 rpg)
    • 1 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannon + 252 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The Mirage F1CT can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hardpoints Mirage F1C.png
500 lb SAMP Mk 82 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 4 1, 2 1
250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombs 1 1 1 1 1
250 kg SAMP Type 25 200 bombs 1 1 1 1 1
400 kg SAMP Type 21 bombs 1 1 1, 4 1 1
400 kg SAMP Type 21 200 bombs 1 1 1, 4 1 1
1,000 lb SAMP Mk 83 bombs 1 1 1, 2 1 1
2,000 lb SAMP Mk 84 bombs 1 1, 2 1
SNEB type 23 rockets 18, 36 18, 36 18, 36 18, 36
Matra R530 missiles 1 1
Matra R530E missiles 1 1
Matra R550 Magic 2 missiles 1 1
Matra Super 530F missiles 1 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 950 kg
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 72 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 10 x 500 lb SAMP Mk 82 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 5 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 200 bombs (1,250 kg total)
  • 8 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 bombs (3,200 kg total)
  • 8 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 200 bombs (3,200 kg total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb SAMP Mk 83 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb SAMP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 2 missiles
  • 2 x Matra R530E missiles
  • 2 x Matra R530 missiles
  • 2 x Matra Super 530F missiles

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Stock Magic 2 missiles
  • Super 530F missiles
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • 252 countermeasures

Cons:

  • Only one DEFA 553 cannon

History

The Mirage F1, a product of Dassault Aviation's innovation in the 1960s, emerged as a versatile and robust aircraft, complementing the capabilities of the delta-winged Mirage III. Opting for a traditional swept wing design, the Mirage F1 showcased improved range and performance at low altitudes, making its maiden flight in 1966. The aircraft was engineered for simplicity and ruggedness, able to conduct both air-to-air and ground-attack missions with efficiency.

The Mirage F1's combat debut occurred in the mid-1970s during the Western Sahara War, where French support was provided to Mauritania and Morocco against the Polisario Front rebels. The aircraft's versatility was further highlighted in the 1980s during the Chad-Libya conflict, where the French Air Force utilized it in ground-attack operations.

The Mirage F1 also played a significant role in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, being extensively employed by the Iraqi Air Force. It demonstrated its capabilities in both air-to-air combat and ground-attack missions, with Iraqi pilots claiming air-to-air victories against Iranian aircraft. However, the Gulf War in 1991 presented a challenging scenario for the Iraqi Mirage F1s, as they faced the overwhelming air superiority of the Coalition forces.

The Balkans conflict in the 1990s saw the Mirage F1s of the French Air Force in action once again, conducting reconnaissance and ground-attack missions. It was around this time that the need for a dedicated ground-attack variant became apparent, leading to the development of the Mirage F1CT. This variant was equipped with updated avionics and weapon systems tailored for ground-attack roles, and it participated in NATO operations over the former Yugoslavia.

By the dawn of the 21st century, the Mirage F1 was gradually phased out of frontline service in the French Air Force, with more advanced aircraft like the Rafale taking its place. Nevertheless, the aircraft found new life in other countries and in the private sector, where some were utilized as aggressor aircraft for training purposes. The Mirage F1's extensive service record across various global conflicts stands as a testament to its adaptability and enduring capabilities.

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See also

Related development

External links

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  • other literature.


Dassault Aviation
WW2
Fighters  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Bombers  M.B.162 · M.B.174A-3 · M.B.175T
Jet Aircraft 
M.D 450  M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.450B Ouragan
Mystère  M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Mystere IVA
Super Mystère  Super Mystere B2
Étendard  Etendard IVM
Super Étendard  Super Etendard
Alpha Jet  Alpha Jet E**
Mirage 
Mirage III  Mirage IIIC · Mirage IIIE · Milan
Mirage V  Mirage 5F
Mirage F1  Mirage F1C · Mirage F1C-200 · Mirage F1CT
Mirage 2000  Mirage 2000-5F · Mirage 2000C-S4 · Mirage 2000C-S5 · Mirage 2000D-R1
Mirage 4000  Mirage 4000
Export 
M.D 450  M.D.450B Ouragan
Mystere  Mystere IVA
Super Mystère  Sambad · Sa'ar***
Mirage  Shahak
  *The company was named "Société des Avions Marcel Bloch" before being renamed in 1947
  **Jointly manufactured with Dornier Flugzeugwerke
  ***Israeli Super Mystère refitted with new avionics and an American engine

France jet aircraft
Fighters  M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Mystere IVA · Super Mystere B2
  ▄F-86K · ▄F-100D · ▄F-8E(FN)
  Mirage IIIC · Mirage IIIE · Milan · Mirage 5F · Mirage 2000C-S4 · Mirage 2000C-S5 · Mirage 2000-5F · Mirage 4000
  Mirage F1C · Mirage F1C-200 · Mirage F1CT
Strike aircraft  ▄F-84F · F-84F IAF · ▄F-84G-26-RE
  Etendard IVM · Super Etendard · Alpha Jet E
  Jaguar A · Jaguar E · Mirage 2000D-R1
Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late)