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Old 02-16-2019, 09:36 PM   #1
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A little bit of history to begin...

In 1978 the French Air Force launched the program of a nuclear Air-Ground Medium Range cruise missile (ASMP in French).

The Air Force defined the characteristics of a device capable to implement this ASMP. Originally, the aircraft should have been a single-seat jet called Mirage "2000 ASMP". But finally, a two-seater aircraft was chosen, equipped with a Navigation and Armament System (SNA), based on an Antilope V navigation and terrain tracking radar designed by Thomson CSF.

The future bomber was designated Mirage "2000-P" ("P" for penetration) from the Mirage 2000-B, id est the two-seater version of the fighter that would come into service in 1984 within the 1/2 "Cigognes" Squadron.

On the 3rd February 1983, after being renamed Mirage "2000-N" ("N" for "Nuclear"), the first of two prototypes made its inaugural flight. With a structure optimized for low-level flight (200 feet at a speed of 600 knots!), this aircraft would allow a major capability jump, thanks to its Antilope V radar (coupled with navigation panels and a mission calculator) and his self-protection systems (Serval detector, jammers and decoy launchers) integrated into his cell. Refuelable in flight, he could then carry an ASMP missile, 2 Magic 2 self-defense missiles and 2 tanks of 2,000 liters to increase his range.

At the beginning, as for the Mirage 2000-B, the Mirage 2000-N ("K1" standard) was not equipped with a barrel nor with a laser designation pod, because at this time the Mirage 2000-N was not planned to be used for classic ground attack missions.

As the ASMP missile enters service in 1986, The Mirage IV-P went on his nuclear mission, while the Mirage 2000-N development was going on.

The first Mirage 2000-N ("K1" standard) went to 1/4 "Dauphiné" Squadron in 1988, replacing the venerable Mirage IIIE. The following Squadrons to be equipped were EC 2/4 "La Fayette" in 1989 and EC 3/4 "Limousin" in 1990. These three Units were integrated within the Strategic Air Force (FAS in French) with a total of 31 aircraft.

Another version of the Mirage 2000-N was developed ("K2" standard - 44 aircraft) in order to carry out conventional all-weather assault. They were delivered from 1991 to 1993 and were assigned to EC 2/3 "Champagne".

In 1996, the Mirage 2000-N became the only FAS device capable of implementing a nuclear weapon, the Mirage IV-P having been exclusively assigned to recognition missions. And it will remain so until 2008, year of a new turning point. Indeed, at this time President Sarkozy has announced a reduction of the French nuclear arsenal. As a consequence, EC 1/4 "Dauphiné" was dissolved in 2010, followed in 2011 by EC 3/4 "Limousin".

At the same time, the Rafale B 1/91 "Gascogne" Squadron took the nuclear alert at Saint-Dizier Air Base, with the new ASMP-A version. Same as for EC 2/4 "La Fayette" in 2015, showing the French Air Force commitment to move to the "all Rafale" phase. The "Begining of the end" for the Mirage 2000-N... In July 2017, only two Squadrons were operational, counting 22 birds.

The Mirage 2000-N took part in most of the foreign operations conducted by France (Crécerelle, Harmattan, Serval, Barkhane, Chammal).The last Mirage 2000-N deployment occured in 2018 to N'Djamena under Barkhane operation.

After a 30 year service the Mirage 2000N has retired on the 21st June 2018.

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Old 02-16-2019, 09:40 PM   #2
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Now the bird!

For your record, I have to say that the nose pitot tube was nearly broken... Anyway, I'm pleased with this model!

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Very nice and thanks for the history
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Speaking of Dassault Premium models, the Mirage F1 that was done a couple years ago. Did they just do the one release and shelve the mould? I would love to add an F1 to my collection, just not that one. These two would be my personal preferences. FAE 'Ecuador' and Maroc AF.
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If you want these specifically models... i think you will have to code 3 them...
F-1 are hard to find (Falcon or Premium)...
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If you want these specifically models... i think you will have to code 3 them...
F-1 are hard to find (Falcon or Premium)...
Or plastic which is more likely. August can't get here soon enough. IPMS 2019 is in Chattanooga, Tn this year and I will be attending the last two days of the show. Hopefully I either find one or two models that become available after the show or meet a modeller who will accept commissions and do one for me.

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One of my favourite military aircraft of all time!! Remember them very well from my days in South Africa when the SAAF used to have them!!
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One of my favourite military aircraft of all time!! Remember them very well from my days in South Africa when the SAAF used to have them!!
Nice! The South African F1's are some of the nicest imo. Several videos on Youtube of their time in service. Few examples
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Gorgeous model Fox-2!

I wait for something that will never happen. The Mirage IVa supersonic bomber that entered service in 1963. These were also used for Concorde test-pilot training.
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That Mirage IVA is one nice looking Bomber ....the fuselage lines and wing lines ... gives it a sleek K.A. look..... I would definitely buy one if it were made in diecast. Here's a Heller 1/72 plastic kit....



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@ Plane737, if you are a modeller, indeed, you can easily make these pieces...


Otherwise, Mirage IV already exist from Premium...but not released yet !
i don't know why...
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Or plastic which is more likely. August can't get here soon enough. IPMS 2019 is in Chattanooga, Tn this year and I will be attending the last two days of the show. Hopefully I either find one or two models that become available after the show or meet a modeller who will accept commissions and do one for me.

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[QUOTE=cheesecake;2677722]@ Plane737, if you are a modeller, indeed, you can easily make these pieces...


No, not a modeller unfortunately, but I could have been if I had stuck with it! I guess I was 14 or so when I built my first model airplane. It was a 1/72 Hawker Harrier by Revell if my memory serves me correctly. I sanded the seams and imperfections, painted it and applied the decals in about a week and a few days. I wish I still had it. It was nice enough to display and be proud of. Don't know why I didn't stick with it. Now that my daughter has moved away and I have two spare bedrooms doing nothing at the moment I can turn one into a modelling room. That would be cool. Then I can work on stuff I want and not wait for manu's to see if they release something you really want and will probably never get made.
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Great choice! Too sad Falcon models is out of business, I was expecting this model from them
Used to see those bad boys land and take off all the time when I lived in Guayaquil from 87-89. This would be nice too for us Venezuelans!
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IN the news today.....

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Used to see those bad boys land and take off all the time when I lived in Guayaquil from 87-89. This would be nice too for us Venezuelans!
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Beautiful Mirage 50! I hope see this bird someday in diecast!
Umpire, I honestly think plastic will be the only way we will ever add this to our collection. Some pictures for you to drool over until then.
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Nice! The South African F1's are some of the nicest imo. Several videos on Youtube of their time in service. Few examples
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Thanks for that Plane737

Do agree with you on being some of the nicest. Like the last version too with the AZ version having camo on top and grey on the belly and tail. I'll deffo check out those You tube vids. My favourite memory of ALL time regarding these superb jets was watching a solo display at Swartkops air show where at the end of the display he pulled a 90 degree and disappeared above the clouds. He then did a decent and came in behind the crowd. Scaring everyone out of their wits was on this pilot's mind because he burst in over our heads,literally a few feet above the ground and in full afterburner. The shockwave from that very low fly past sent all the tents and the like flying in every direction. A truly mind blowing event. WOW!! They sure don't make air shows like that anymore!!
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Umpire, I honestly think plastic will be the only way we will ever add this to our collection. Some pictures for you to drool over until then.
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Awesome model and awesome pics!! What a superb looking aircraft. Love the camo scheme. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for that Plane737

Do agree with you on being some of the nicest. Like the last version too with the AZ version having camo on top and grey on the belly and tail. I'll deffo check out those You tube vids. My favourite memory of ALL time regarding these superb jets was watching a solo display at Swartkops air show where at the end of the display he pulled a 90 degree and disappeared above the clouds. He then did a decent and came in behind the crowd. Scaring everyone out of their wits was on this pilot's mind because he burst in over our heads,literally a few feet above the ground and in full afterburner. The shockwave from that very low fly past sent all the tents and the like flying in every direction. A truly mind blowing event. WOW!! They sure don't make air shows like that anymore!!
Yes, enjoy them! As I have said before, ever since buying my 65" Smart Tv, I wear that Youtube button on my remote! Some vids are Ultra 4K and it looks like you are there. I bet that was an awesome sight to see. I'm sure alot of it is for safety reasons, but yeah airshows aint what they use to be for sure!!
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