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: 1985Type: 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).