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A Mirage 2000 of No. 7 Squadron ("Battleaxes")

This fly-by-wire delta winged aircraft is used as a prime defence aircraft by the IAF. It has excellent manoeuvrability and sophisticated sensors with a definite multi-role mission capability. It gives the IAF a beyond-visual-range (BVR) reach with its advanced medium range air-to-air missiles.

Country of origin: France.

Year of induction in IAF: 1985

Type: Air defence and multi-role fighter.

Powerplant: One SNECMA M35 - P2 turbofan of 9700 kg reheat thrust.

Armament: Two 30 mm DEFA 554 cannon and two Matra Super 530D medium range plus 2 R.550 Magic II close combat missiles; upto 6000 kg of external ordinance.

Maximum take off weight: 16,500 kg.

Maximum speed: 2495 kmph (1550 mph) at 11,000 m (36,100 ft) or Mach = 2.35.

Maximum climb rate: 249 m/sec.

Combat radius: 700 km (435 miles).

Mirage 2000Hs of No.1 Squadron ("Tigers") and No. 7 Squadron ("Battleaxes")
Mirage 2000Hs flying in the evening sky
A Mirage 2000 in air defence fit with 2 x R.530D beyond-visual-range & 2 x Magic II close combat missiles
A Mirage 2000 flying across the backdrop of the historic Gwalior Fort
Mirage 2000H on runway threshold for dusk take-off
Mirage 2000H