Magister

Notes: This light jet was originally produced as a trainer, but was used as a light attack aircraft by France and Israel. It was also built under license by Finland, Italy, and Germany, and used by Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, El Salvador, Gabon, Ireland, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, and Brazil. Armament is light, and hardpoints are sparse, but the aircraft is cheap and easy to maintain, and has a long endurance. It is one of the few military aircraft in the world with a V-tail.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$90,328

AvG

135 kg

3.13 tons

2

4

None

Enclosed

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

1430

358 (110)

NA 90 6/3 60/30

1680

776

10700

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

None

440/400m Primitive Runway

+1

2xAAT-52, 2 Hardpoints

800x7.5mm

Mirage 5/50

Notes: This is the ground attack variant of the Mirage III listed above. The Mirage 5 can carry a heavier weapon load, and has two extra hardpoints on the rear fuselage for bombs. The Mirage 5 has no air-to-air radar. They are used by Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Columbia, Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, Zaire, Chile, and Venezuela. They were never used by France, but Israel received a number of them, which they developed into the Nesher and the Kfir.

The Mirage 50 is a Mirage 5 with a more powerful engine and better radar, as well as more sophisticated ground attack avionics and air-to-air radar. It can carry heavier loads and radar-homing missiles.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

Mirage 5

$3,557,292

AvG

4.2 tons

13.7 tons

1

22

Radar

Enclosed

Mirage 50

$4,347,002

AvG

4.88 tons

14.7 tons

1

24

Radar

Enclosed

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

Mirage 5

4110

1028 (160)

NA 257 6/3 60/30

3900

3078

13500

Mirage 50

4670

1168 (160)

NA 292 6/3 60/30

3900

3771

13500

Vehicle

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

Mirage 5

All-Weather Flight, Radar Warning Receiver

700/800m Hardened Runway

+2

2x30mm DEFA Autocannons, 7 Hardpoints

600x30mm

Mirage 50

All-Weather Flight,

Radar Warning Receiver, IR Uncage, HUD

700/800m Hardened Runway

+3

2x30mm DEFA Autocannons, 7 Hardpoints

600x30mm

Mirage 2000N

Notes: This is the ground-attack variant of the Mirage 2000 fighter-bomber, with an extra crewman (weapons officer) and different avionics. It is even capable of delivering nuclear weapons. It may be distinguished from the Mirage 2000 fighter-bomber by its longer nose, internal fuel probe, and larger hardpoints. It is capable of aerial refueling and has ejection seats for its crew. It is used only by France.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Many of these aircraft were responsible for nuclear strikes against German forces in the Rhineland.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$7,454,658

AvG

6.3 tons

10.7 tons

2

16

Radar

Shielded

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

4837

1209 (120)

NA 302 9/5 90/50

3780

6892

18300

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All Weather Flight, Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, IR Uncage, Terrain Following Radar, Look Down Radar

700/800m Hardened Runway

+4

9 Hardpoints

None

Super Etendard

Notes: This French-made strike fighter was first introduced in 1978. The only other user of this aircraft is Argentina, who used them with great success in the Falklands War against Britain. French models were upgraded starting in 1990 with additional avionics to increase their survivability and accuracy in strikes, but they are being increasingly replaced with the naval model of the Rafale. They are largely carrier-based aircraft in the French Navy, but land-based in Argentine service.

Twilight 2000 Notes: By the Twilight War, the design was a bit dated, but it was still used in large numbers by France and smaller numbers by Argentina.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

Argentine

$5,013,216

AvG

2.1 tons

12 tons

1

18

Radar

Enclosed

French

$5,703,599

AvG

2.1 tons

12.4 tons

1

18

Radar

Shielded

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

(Both)

2760

690 (110)

NA 173 6/3 60/30

3460

1600

13700

Vehicle

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

Argentine

Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, HUD

825/415m Hardened Runway

+2

2x30mm DEFA Autocannons, 5 Hardpoints

500x30mm

French

Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, HUD, ECM, Target ID, Laser Designator, Look-Down Radar

825/415m Hardened Runway

+4

2x30mm DEFA Autocannons, 5 Hardpoints

500x30mm