Quick facts about Mirage-2000 jet, the powerful IAF fighter that strike Jaish terror camp

on 28 Feb 2019, 9:33AM
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Overview
After 12 days of the Pulwama terror attack, at 3 am on Tuesday, the Indian Air Force has given an answer to the terrorists who are in Pakistan's hideout. Indian Air Force has crossed the LoC and dropped 1,000 kg of bomb in the terrorist camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed. According to the reports, the IAF's 12 Mirage Fighter Plains were involved in this operation. Explain that for this operation, our Air Force used the Mirage 2000 (Deep Mirage 2000) Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (Fighter Aircraft).

History
The Mirage-2000 is undoubtedly one of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) most versatile and deadliest aircraft and it was first commissioned in 1985. Soon after conscript the Mirage, IAF gave it the name – Vajra – meaning lightening thunderbolt in Sanskrit. It was developed by Dassault Aviation and took its first flight in 1978 and was inducted in the French Air Force in 1984. India had placed an initial order of 36 single-seater Mirage-2000 and 4 twin-seater Mirage 2000 in 1982 as an answer to Pakistan buying US-made F-16 fighter jets by Lockheed Martin.

Specifications
Mirage 2000-5 is available as a single-seater or two-seater multirole fighter. The aircraft has hands-on control and stick (HOTAS) control. Mirage 2000-5 incorporates the Thales VEH 3020 head-up display and five cathode ray tube multifunction advanced pilot systems interface (APSI) displays.

Weapons
Mirage 2000 has nine hardpoints for carrying weapon system payloads: five on the fuselage and two on each wing. The single-seat version is also armed with two internally mounted, high-firing-rate 30mm guns.

Air-to-air weapons include the MICA multitarget air-to-air intercept and combat missiles, and the Magic 2 combat missiles, both from MBDA (formed out of a merger between Matra BAe Dynamics, EADS Aerospatiale and Alenia Marconi Systems). MICA supports a maximum operating range of 60km. The aircraft can carry four MICA missiles, two Magic missiles and three drop tanks simultaneously. Mirage 2000 has nine hardpoints for carrying weapon system payloads: five on the fuselage and two on each wing. The single-seat version is also armed with two internally mounted, high-firing-rate 30mm guns. The Mirage 2000-5 can fire the MBDA Super 530D missile or the MBDA Sky Flash air-to-air missile as an alternative to the MICA missile.

Targeting
Mirage 2000 has an boost digital weapon delivery and navigation system (WDNS). The aircraft is fitted with a TV/CT CLDP laser designation pod from Thales Optronics, which provides the capability to fire laser-guided weapons by day and night. A number of French Air Force Mirage 2000D aircraft were fitted with the Damocles laser designation pod with thermal imaging camera, also from Thales Optronics, under a contract awarded in July 2008.

The Mirage is ideally designed to seat a single fighter pilot, but can be made into a twin-seat jet depending on the armed forces' requirements. It has a length of 14.36 metre and a wingspan of 91.3 metre. The plane weighs 7500 kg (dry) and has a total takeoff weight of 17000 kg. The Mirage 2000 has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 (2336 kmph) and can travel 1550 km with drop tanks. The flight height is capped at 59000 ft (17km).

Quick facts about Mirage-2000 jet, the powerful IAF fighter that strike Jaish terror camp

Mirage Accidents
There were only four flying accidents in the Mirage 2000 fleet in the first decade of operations. The first took place on 22 April 1987, in which the pilot, Flt Lt Anil G Ghatge was killed when he flew into Tosham Hill near Sirsa, Haryana at night. The second took place in early 88, when Flt Lt RTS Gill ejected from the aircraft which suffered an engine surge due to ingestion of a fractured airflow guidance cone located just short of the face of the first stage fan blades. The third was the live-on-TV crash of the aircraft carrying out a low level aerobatics display in New Delhi on 8 Oct 1989, the Indian Air Force Day. The pilot, Wg Cdr Ramesh 'Joe' Bakshi was killed.[34] The fourth was a crash soon after takeoff due to a bird strike, subsequent ingestion and a flame-out, in end 1994. The pilot, Flt Kt K Suresh, ejected safely

Weapons
Mirage 2000 has nine hardpoints for carrying weapon system payloads: five on the fuselage and two on each wing. The single-seat version is also armed with two internally mounted, and also high-firing-rate 30mm guns.

Air-to-air weapons include the MICA multitarget air-to-air prevent and combat missiles, and the Magic 2 combat missiles, both from MBDA (formed out of a merger between Matra BAE Dynamics, EADS Aerospatiale and Alenia Marconi Systems). MICA supports a maximum operating range of 60km. The aircraft can carry four MICA missiles, two Magic missiles and three drop tanks simultaneously. The Mirage 2000-5 can fire the MBDA Super 530D missile or the MBDA Sky Flash air-to-air missile as an alternative to the MICA missile.

Mirage 2000 is also furnished to carry a range of air-to-surface missiles and weapons including laser-guided bombs.

These include the MBDA BGL 1000 laser-guided bomb, MBDA AS30L, MBDA Armat anti-radar missile, MBDA AM39 Exocet anti-ship missile, MBDA rocket launchers, MBDA Apache stand-off weapon, and the crafty cruise missile, SCALP.

The Mirage 2000-9 aircraft ordered by the United Arab Emirates carries the Black Shahine missile developed by MBDA. The MBDA Storm Shadow / Scalp EG stand-off cruise missile will arm French AF Mirage 2000D, Greek Mirage 2000-5 and UAE Mirage 2000-9 aircraft. Storm Shadow was first deployed on UK RAF Tornado aircraft during Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. Scalp EG entered service on French AF Mirage 2000D in December 2003.

MBDA was awarded a contract in October 2003 to integrate the ASMPA medium-range air-to-ground missile on the French Air Force’s new Mirage 2000NK3 aircraft. ASMPA has a tactical nuclear heat barrier and replaces the ASMP missile, which has been in service on the Mirage 2000N since 1988. The operational assessment was completed in March 2009 and the new missile entered service on the Mirage 2000NK3 in October 2009. The nuclear warhead was administer by the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique).

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