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The Dassault Mirage 4000
(sometimes called the Super Mirage 4000
) was a French prototype jet fighter aircraft
developed by Dassault-Breguet
from their Mirage 2000
Design and development
The Mirage 4000 was noticeably larger and heavier than the single-engined Mirage 2000, the 4000 having two SNECMA M53-2 turbofans
. It also featured small canards
above the engine air intakes. Despite the changes the two aircraft remained similar, sharing the delta wing
design, semi-circular air intakes and general configuration.
The Mirage 4000 first flew on 9 March 1979 The Mirage 4000 was comparable in size to the United States F-15 Eagle
, and was designed to be both a long-range interceptor and a capable fighter-bomber.
In the early 1980s Dassault ended the program shortly after the Saudis chose the F-15 as their preferred aircraft. The French Air Force preferred to concentrate on the Mirage 2000, leaving Dassault with no customers. Some of the expertise thus gained would later influence the Dassault Rafale
. The only prototype moved to its final residence at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
(Paris Air and Space Museum) in 1995.