FS2002 Dassault Mirage 4000

By Romain Lucas and Eric Marcianomir4000

Package including aircraft and panel. The aircraft has been designed with GMax, including moving parts, nigth ligthing and virtual cockpit. Panel includs brand new gauges developed for this plane (radar,HUD,MDF and others) This package also have some goodies, like automatic vapour trails.

More about…Mirage 4000

The Mirage 4000 made use of computer-derived aerodynamics, with a fly-by-wire active control system and a rearward CG. It was designed to be easy to maintain on forward airfields. It also had variable-incidence sweptback foreplanes and a blister-type cockpit canopy with a 360° FOV. Boron and carbon fiber composites were used extensively in the fin, rudder, elevons, fuselage access panels, foreplanes, and other parts. The wings had large-radius root fairings. The entire trailing edge of each wing was taken up by two-section elevons.

Variable camber was provided by automatic full-span leading-edge flaps. The rear fuselage was shorter, which made Karman fairings unneccessary. The rudder, elevons, and flaps were actuated by the fly-by-wire control system. The vertical fin was made of carbon composite and contained fuel tanks, which helpd to give the 4000 about three times as much internal fuel as the Mirage 2000 (other fuel tanks were in the wings and fuselage).

The fuselage was of conventional semi-monocoque structure. Door-type airbrakes were located in each intake trunk above the wings’ leading edges. The tricycle landing gear was designed by Messier-Hispano-Bugatti and had twin nosewheels and a single wheel on each main unit. Each intake had a moveable half-cone centerbody. The two M53s provided a thrust-to-weight ratio of above 1:1 – if it had entered service, it would have been equivalent to the F-15 or the Su-27.

When possible, systems and avionics were adapted from the Mirage 2000. The hydraulic system was made by Messier-Hispano-Bugatti, and was pressurized to 280 bars (4,000 lb/sq in). It was powered by four advanced pumps and used lightweight titanium pipelines. The Mirage 4000 also used two Auxilec electric generators. In a compartment behind the pilot was a Turboméca Palouste gas turbine APU (to start the engines).

The prototype used the same RDM multi-mode Doppler radar as the Mirage 2000, but a radar as big as 80 cm (31.5 in) in diameter could fit in the very large nose radome. Other avionics included a digital autopilot, multi-mode displays, a SAGEM Uliss 52 INS, a Crouzet Type 80 air data computer, a Thomson-CSF VE-130 HUD, and a digital automated weapon delivery system.

TECHNIC COUNTER

Specifications

Type: Multirole combat aircraft
Powerplant: Two 22,046 lb thrust SNECMA M53 afterburning turbofans
Accommodation: Pilot only, on a Martin-Baker F10R zero-zero ejection seat, under a starboard-opening transparent canopy (a two-seat version was under study)

Armament: Two 30-mm DEFA cannon in lower air intakes plus twelve hardpoints (six underfuselage, six underwing, and one centerline) allowing carriage of up to 8,000kg (17,620 lb) of stores including bombs, AAMs and ASMs such as Magics and Exocets, rocket pods, or a buddy refueling pod. 2550 L (550 Imp gal) drop tanks could be located under each wing and on the centerline.

The 4000 carried two fuel tanks, two Sycamor jamming pods, two Magic AAMs, a laser designator, two AS30Ls, two 1000kg LGBs, and a podded Antilope radar during the 1928 Farnborough airshow.

Performance

Max speed Mach: 2.3 (2333 km/h / 1260 kts / 1450 mph) at altitude
Service ceiling: 20,000m (65,600 ft)
Radius w/ fuel tanks and recce pod: 1850km (100 nm/1150 mi)
Initial Climb Rate: 18,300 m/min (60,024 ft/min)

Weights 

Empty, refueled 6500 kg (14,320 lb)
Max payload: 3500 kg (7710 lb)
Landing:10,400kg (22,910 lb)
MTOW: 12,500kg (27,590 lb)

Dimensions 

Wingspan:12m (39 ft 4.5 in)
Length: 18.7m (61 ft 4.25 in)
Height: 5.8m (19 ft)
Wheelbase: 6.9 m (22 ft 7.5 in)
Wheel track: 4.36 m (14 ft 3.5 in)
Wing area: 73m² (786sq ft)

COMMENT:

After three hours flyling with the Dassault Mirage 4000 I have seen some good things and some bad things about this fighter, and things that could have been included. Firstly the Mirage 4,000 has an excellent and detailed main panel with all the gauges moving and has side views. Also the virtual cabin is pretty good. From the outside of the plane, looking towards the main cabin it also has a good designed 3D pilot.

While you are in the runway ready to take off the wheels have movement. Also the back side turbines could have been more detailed with some fire coming out. A very good idea is the way when you lift the plane or you make it lift down brusquely the wings have a type of smoke because of the pressure or because of the coldness of the place. This is a good plane for people that enjoy fighters or like doing strange things with planes E.G. loopings.

There’s an important feature inside the virtual cockpit which is the yoke with real movement.

After all it has a good maniobrability and is very realistic.
My rating is 8/10



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