Mirage 2000C-S5

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Mirage 2000C-S5
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Mirage 2000C-S5
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Description

A timeless classic, and an icon of delta-wing fighter design, the Mirage 2000C-S5 is the penultimate production variant of the "C" variant of the Mirage 2000. Unlike the earlier production models of the Mirage 2000C, this version comes equipped with an upgraded SNECMA M53-P2 engine, an Eclair chaff-flare dispenser to increase the number of countermeasures available, as well as an improved Thomson-CSF RDI radar that allowed the use of the much improved Matra Super 530D missile. For the time, it was a very important upgrade alongside the C-S4 variant, since it allowed the Mirage 2000 to be at the same level of the latest variants of the MiG-29 and F-16 in terms of technology and weapon systems.

It was introduced in Update "Drone Age". The Mirage 2000C-S5 is a very capable air superiority fighter. Compared to its competitors, it has access to a smaller payload in terms of air-to-air missiles and ground ordnance. However it compensates this with excellent flight performance, with very powerful engine in a light airframe. It has very good acceleration and top speeds, while it does have poor energy retention due to the delta wing configuration, it pulls very good AOA and is competitive in sustained dogfights, the powerful engine and low speed acceleration also allows the Mirage 2000 C-S5 to regain its speed quickly if necessary. Since it has access to a small amount of air-to-air missiles, it is recommended to stay close to the ground, since the Matra R530Ds are not well-suited for BVR combat when compared to the latest versions of the AIM-7 and the R-27. The Matra Magic 2 has very good close range performance, and a seeker with IRCCM, but it should be used at distances not higher than 3 km due to the limited range.

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 351 km/h
Turn time25 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineSNECMA M53-P2
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t

Pilots familiar with delta-wing fighter designs will be at home in the Mirage 2000. While you still bleed airspeed rapidly when pulling tight manoeuvres - which you can do quite easily thanks to its large delta wing, and leading-edge slats - speed is much less of a problem thanks to its new engine which provides excellent acceleration. Its combination of decent top-speed, exceptional acceleration, and its stunning nose authority ensures that anyone who finds the Mirage 2000 on their six o'clock is going to find it difficult to shake. Pilots of the Mirage 2000 will have to watch their energy at all times, ensuring they do not waste it all unwisely, leaving them in a vulnerable position.

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 2,246 2,174 16000 26.2 26.6 155.9 145.0 750
Upgraded 2,453 2,351 23.9 25.0 237.9 195.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X X ✓*

*Installing countermeasures blocks the deployment of the chute.

Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,512 426 - - - ~13 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 920 < 750 < 650 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA M53-P2 1 7,570 kg 268 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel
1,515 kg Afterburning low-bypass turbofan 8,572 kg 9,533 kg 10,515 kg 10,910 kg 12,936 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel MGW
Stationary 6,200 kgf 9,688 kgf 1.13 1.02 0.92 0.89 0.75
Optimal 7,083 kgf
(1,512 km/h)
13,406 kgf
(1,512 km/h)
1.56 1.41 1.27 1.23 1.04

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
Gear426 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 273 → 4 091 Sl icon.png
RB6 861 → 12 349 Sl icon.png
SB7 816 → 14 068 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications305 000 Rp icon.png
469 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 080 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 320 / 540 % Sl icon.png
250 / 250 / 250 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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Fuselage repair
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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MAW
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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aden_belt_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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G-suit
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Type 25C
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Matra 530F
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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NVD
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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aden_new_gun
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Matra JL-100R
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Matra 530D
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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Matra R550 Magic 2
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

Main article: DEFA 554 (30 mm)

The Mirage 2000C-S5 is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 554 cannons, belly-mounted (125 rpg = 250 total) + 36 x countermeasures
    • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 554 cannons + 90 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The Mirage 2000C-S5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 kg SAMP Type 25 200 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
SNEB type 23 rockets 18 18 18 18
Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles 1 1
Matra R550 Magic 2 missiles 1 1
Matra Super 530D missiles 1 1
Matra Super 530F missiles 1 1
1,300 l drop tanks 1
Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 1,300 l drop tank
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 2 missiles
  • 72 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 2 x Matra Super 530F missiles
  • 2 x Matra Super 530D missiles
  • 7 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombs (1,750 kg total)
  • 7 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 200 bombs (1,750 kg total)

Usage in battles

The aircraft's weapons suite paired with its flight performance makes it a dangerous foe to any aircraft opposing it. The aircraft is a formidable foe in BVR engagements and even more so in a dogfight. This versatility offered by its great weapons and flight performance means that it can perform as a support fighter, slinging its Super 530D's from afar and at high altitudes. Thanks to its flight performance, it can also comfortably perform well as a frontline fighter, diving straight in to fire its Super 530D and excellent all-aspect IR R550 Magic 2 missiles. However, pilots of the Mirage 2000 will have to be careful of when they fire their missiles as it carries only 4 missiles in total, which is little compared to a lot of its competition. In addition, missiles such as the AIM-7F Sparrow, carried by some American fighters, possess a higher effective range than the Super 530D missile. Therefore, the Mirage 2000 pilots are advised to stay out of the range in which a longer-range missile can strike the Mirage, while being too far for the Mirage's Super 530D to strike back.

The worst-case scenario for a Mirage 2000 pilot would be to be caught in a low-altitude sustained turn (or rate fight) with an adversary such as the F-14 Tomcat, or the MiG-23MLD, which will create a host of problems for the Mirage 2000 that bleeds its airspeed quickly. The Mirage-2000 pilot will almost always prefer to dogfight at higher altitudes, avoiding sustained turns with enemies, and compensating for the rapid loss in energy by manoeuvring by converting altitude into airspeed that can be vital to victory as the Mirage manoeuvres into a position to secure victory.

When it comes to dogfighting, the Mirage's flight performance enables a skilled pilot to be a formidable adversary to any of its opponents, even to those such as the F-14A Early, and the MiG-23MLD. The Mirage's game plan should almost always be to get in, and out as quickly as possible. Taking advantage of the high AoA capability of the Mirage, and utilizing as much airspeed and altitude as possible is necessary to engage and defeat the target as quickly as possible, to give any prospecting enemies minimal time to find and defeat the Mirage while it is slow and vulnerable while busy in a dogfight.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Has access to excellent Matra R550 Magic II and Matra Super 530D missiles
  • Very good acceleration
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Powerful pulse-Doppler radar
  • DEFA cannons deal heavy damage

Cons:

  • Poor energy retention
  • Low ammo count for the DEFA cannons (only 250 rounds total)
  • Carries a maximum of only 4 missiles
  • Very limited options for ground attack ordnance

History

Origin

During the mid-1960s, France and Britain agreed to design a swing-wing aircraft (AFVG project). France later split up from the project due to high costs to develop their own swing-wing aircraft, ultimately becoming the Mirage G8. (West Germany would end up collaborating with Britain to create the Panavia Tornado.) However, the Mirage G8 was rejected for being too costly and unable to dogfight. Dassault focused on what would become the 2000C, a single-engine fighter that would be far less expensive than the Mirage G8 and also meet the requirements of the French Air Force (AdA).

Production

Due to its similarities with the Mirage III, it only took ~27 months to go from the project beginning to the first flight. The first prototype (Mirage 2000 No. 1) made its first flight on March 10, 1978, which lasted 65 minutes. The prototype was found to be both a high-speed aircraft (Mach 2) and an agile, capable dogfighter at low speeds. After 4 years, the first production Mirage 2000C (C abbreviated for chasseur: "fighter"), flew on the November 20, 1982. The French Air Force soon began to take delivery of the 2000Cs. The first 37 Mirage 2000Cs were the S1, S2, and S3, which included the SNECMA M53-5 engine and Thomson RDM radar. After the 37th Mirage 2000C airframe, they were upgraded to the SNECMA M53-P2 engine and RDI radar (Mirage 2000C-S4 - Mirage 2000C-S5). After No. 93, the Eclair countermeasure pod was replaced with countermeasure dispensers in the Karman fairings.

Variant Airframe number
Mirage 2000C-S1 No. 1 - No. 15
Mirage 2000C-S2 No. 16 - No. ???
Mirage 2000C-S3 No. ??? - No. 37
Mirage 2000C-S4 No. 38 - No. 48
Mirage 2000C-S4-1 No. 49 - No. 63
Mirage 2000C-S4-2 No. 64 - No. 74
Mirage 2000C-S5 No. 75 - No. 124

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See also

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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 · ▄Mirage 5BA
  *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
See also  SABCA

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)
Belgium  ▄Meteor F Mk.8 · ▄Mirage 5BA · ▄F-104G · ▄F-16A · ▄F-16AM
Netherlands  ◘Hunter F.6