The Dassault Mirage F1 is a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation as a successor of the Mirage III family. The Mirage F1 entered service in the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) in 1974. The F1 has been used as a light multipurpose fighter and has been exported to about a dozen nations. More than 720 F1s have been produced.
French Air Force received 246 aircraft. The last squadron flying the aircraft was officially dissolved on June 13, 2014.
The Team Delta Ramex consists of 2 Dassault Mirage 2000N’s of the French Strategic Air Forces. The team Delta Ramex presents, in flight, the operational expertise of the pilots of the Squadron 2/4 "La Fayette". These pilots are not professional display pilots, but operational pilots of the French Air Force. Like all members of their squadron, they show their perfect mastery of tight formation flying on Patrol operations, allowing spectators to discover certain facets of their profession. This patrol is highly appreciated at national and international meetings. The Pilots began their preparation for presentations at the beginning of 2014. The Leader begins training by himself and is then joined, at a later stage, by his patrol wingman.
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The Dassault Mirage 2000N is a variant of the Mirage 2000 variant (based on the Mirage 2000B two-seat trainer, but features considerable changes) designed for nuclear strike which was intended to carry the Aerospatiale Air-Sol Moyenne Portee (ASMP) nuclear stand-off missile. It forms the core of the French air-based tactical nuclear deterrent. The Mirage 2000N was designed to French requirements for an aircraft to replace the older Mirage IVP.
The fighter had strengthened wings for low-altitude operations, as well as low-level precision navigation/attack systems, built around the Dassault/Thales Antilope 5 radar, which is used for terrain following, navigation and ground mapping, and which can follow terrain at 1.112 Km/h.
Other avionic features are twin INS's and moving map displays for both the pilot and weapon systems officer. The Mirage 2000N can carry one ASMP medium-range nuclear missile, and can also carry two MATRA Magic AAM's for self-defence. Other protection features include the Sabre jamming system and the Spirale chaff system. Because the extra seat decreases range, a pair of drop tanks are carried. Since the Mirage 2000N's standard weapon was the ASMP, which was carried on the centerline pylon, that meant it couldn't carry a centerline tank, but a distinctive big 2,000 liter (530 US gallon) underwing drop tank with a bulbous nose was developed to more than compensate.