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Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

Dassault Dornier Alpha Jet E F-UHRW/E166/3 Patrouille de France

The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France. The Patrouille de France, air demonstration team of the French Air Force, fly the Alpha Jet.

  • Role: Advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Dassault/Dornier
  • National origin: France/Germany
  • First flight: 26 October 1973
  • Introduction: 4 November 1977
  • Produced: 1973-1991
  • Number built: 480
  • Status: Operational

Military Operators

  • Belgian Air Component (Alpha Jet E) – 26 based in France
  • Cameroon Air Force (Alpha Jet MS2) – 27
  • Canada, Discovery Air Defence Services – 16 “Top Aces”(former Luftwaffe Alpha Jet Aircraft)
  • Egypt Air Force (Alpha Jet MS2 and E) – 14 MS2 and 40 E (MS1)
  • French Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 99
  • Royal Moroccan Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 24
  • Nigerian Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 24
  • Portuguese Air Force – 50 (Alpha Jet A, former Luftwaffe aircraft)
  • Qatar Emiri Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – six
  • Royal Thai Air Force (25 Alpha Jet A – former Luftwaffe aircraft)
  • Togo Air Force – 12 (Alpha Jet E)
  • United Kingdom, QinetiQ – six (Alpha Jet A, former Luftwaffe aircraft)

Former military operators

  • German Air Force – 93 (Alpha Jet A)
  • Côte d’Ivoire Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – seven

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 13.23 m (43 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.11 m (29 ft 10¾ in)
  • Height: 4.19 m (13 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 17.50 m² (188.4 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,515 kg (7,750 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,500 kg (16,535 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × SNECMA Turbomeca Larzac 04-C5 turbofans, 13.24 kN (2,976 lbf) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (540 kn, 621 mph) at sea level
  • Stall speed: 167 km/h (90 knots, 104 mph) (flaps and undercarriage down)
  • Combat radius: 610 km (329 nmi, 379 mi) lo-lo-lo profile, gun pod, underwing weapons and two drop tanks
  • Ferry range: 2,940 km (1,586 nmi, 1,827 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 14,630 m (48,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 57 m/s (11,220 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: One 27 mm Mauser BK-27 Revolver cannon in centreline gun pack with 120 rounds or one 30 mm DEFA in centerline pod with 150 rounds
  • Rockets: Two Matra rocket pods with eighteen SNEB 68 mm rockets each or two CRV7 rocket pods with nineteen 70 mm rockets each
  • Missiles: Two AIM-9 Sidewinders; two Matra Magic IIs; two AGM-65 Mavericks;
  • Bombs: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) of payload on five external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs (such as the Hunting BL755 cluster bomb) or Drop tanks for extended range.