Etendard IVM

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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 13000 32.7 33.5 79.4 74.2 800
Upgraded 1,114 1,100 31.5 32.0 112.3 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

  • Side walls have a 14 mm steel plate
  • Front firewall has a 14 mm steel plate
  • Bulletproof glass is only installed down the center window of 40 mm


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
  • Carrier take-off results in a higher starting speed than a land takeoff
  • Better energy retention than the Super Mystere B2


  • Often uptiered, forcing the plane to face difficult opponents
  • Has fewer air-to-air missiles than other jets at its rank
  • Limited ammunition and small payload
  • Poor low-speed manoeuvrability
  • Lacks a Ballistic Computer or Radar, limiting its attack effectiveness


The Dassault Etendard was developed from an aircraft 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 probe; new high lift devices; a new fuselage with a larger wing area; foldable wing tips; a new reinforced structure to support catapult launches and landings; and finally, an enlarged nose cone to fit the new Aida radar for aerial and ground target acquisition. In addition, a SAAB AX 26 toss-bombing and ballistic computer was incorporated into the design. 5 pre-production airframes were ordered 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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Aircraft%20Manufacturers-SAAB-1962-39795.jpg (Etendard on a SAAB advert)

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