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Dassault-Brequet Super Étendard

Super Étendard 17 French Navy

The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard is a French carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft designed by Dassault-Breguet for service with the French Navy. The aircraft is an advanced development of the Étendard IVM.

  • Role: Carrier-borne, strike aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault-Brequet
  • First flight: 28 October 1974
  • Introduction: June 1978
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1977–1983
  • Number built: 85
  • Developed from: Dassault-Brequet Étendard IVM

Military Operators

  • Argentine Naval Aviation 14 aircraft
  • Aviation Navale 71 aircraft
  • Iraqi Air Force was lent five French aircraft between 1983 and 1985; four returned to France in 1985.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 14.31 m (45 ft 11½ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 28.4 m² (306.7 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 8K-50 turbojet, 49.0 kN (11,025 lbf)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (637 knots, 733 mph) at low level
  • Range: 1,820 km (983 nmi, 1,130 mi)
  • Combat radius: 850 km (460 nmi, 530 mi) with one AM39 Exocet missile one wing pylon and one drop tank on opposite pylon, hi-lo-hi profile
  • Service ceiling: 13,700 m (44,900 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 100 m/s (19,700 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 423 kg/m² (86.3 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.42

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
  • Hardpoints: 4× underwing and 2× under-fuselage with a capacity of 2,100 kg (4,600 lb) maximum
  • Rockets: 4× Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each
  • Missiles:
    • 1× AM-39 Exocet Anti-shipping missile or
    • 1× Air-Sol Moyenne Portée nuclear armed missile or
    • 2× AS-30L or
    • 2× Matra Magic Air-to-air missile
  • Bombs: Conventional unguided or laser-guided bombs, provision for 1 × AN-52 free-fall nuclear bomb, provision for “buddy” air refuelling pod