Tuesday 22 December 2009


The Dassault Mirage G was a French design for a fast swing-wing multirole jet fighter aircraft, capable of both interception and ground attack with a nuclear missile.

A single-engine prototype testing variable-geometry techniques, the basic Mirage G was developed into a twin-engine, two-seat fighter, the Mirage G4. However, as the project continued the requirements were constantly changing, and the French military requested the design be converted into a dedicated interceptor. The single-seat Mirage G8 was an attempt to shed some of the weight and costs associated with swing-wing designs. As development proceeded, costs continued to rise, and mission demands changed, causing the eventual cancellation of the project in the mid-1970s.

Specifications (Mirage G8)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 18.80 m (61 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan:
    • Extended: 15.40 m (50 ft 6 in)
    • Swept: 8.70 m (28 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 5.35 m (17 ft 7 in)
  • Empty weight: 14,740 kg (32,500 lb)
  • Powerplant:SNECMA Atar 9K50 turbojets, 70.1 kN (15,800 lbf) each



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