Dassault Mirage IIIS Aircraft Data
Photo ID 231130 by Rainer Mueller. Switzerland Air Force Dassault Mirage IIIS, J 2325
Single-seat, all weather interceptor.

The Swiss-built Mirage IIIS is a licensed version of the French Mirage IIIC. Switzerland produced 36 examples of the type at the F+W state factory in Emmen. Substantial differences from French-built versions include the Hughes TARAN-18 avionics system, giving the aircraft the capability to carry the Hughes AIM-4 Falcon AAM. Mirage IIIS' also had a vast majority of their structural components strengthen for use in the rugged Swiss operating environment. Political scandal and cost overruns surrounded the Mirage IIIS program in Switzerland, with the mane "Mirage Affair".

In the 1990's, the Mirage IIIS underwent an avionics upgrade and modernization program. Upgraded Mirages can be discerned by their new, fixed canards and low-visibility gray color scheme. Switzerland retired their Mirage IIIS fleet in 1999, with the Mirage IIIRS following in 2002.
  • Country of Origin: France
  • First Flight: 11/17/56
  • Initial Service Date: 1967
  • No. Built: 36
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 5
  • Crew: 1

Power:

1× SNECMA Atar 09C afterburning turbojet at 13,240 lbf

Weapons:

2× 30mm. DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun.
2× AIM-9 Sidewinders AAM's or Matra R550 Magic AAM's.
2x AIM-4 (HM-58) Falcon AAM's.

Dimensions:

Length: 49 ft. 3.5 in.
Wing Span: 26 ft. 11 in.
Wing Area: 375 sq.ft
Height: 14 ft. 9 in.
Empty Weight: 15,600 lbs
Max. Weight: 29,700 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 8,800 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 1,460 mph
Service Ceiling: 56,000 ft.
Max. Range: 1,300 nm

Operators:

IIS/IIIRS: Switzerland (Air Force).

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