The Dassault Mirage is one of the most successful French aircraft designs of the post-war era, and an outstanding third generation jet fighter. The Mirage III prototype first flew in 1956 benefiting greatly from the work done on the experimental Fairey FD-2 Delta. It entered service with the French Air Force in 1961.
The Egyptian Air Force (PAF obtained a variant of the Cyrano radar equipped IIIE in 1972 as part of the move away from Soviet equipment. According to some reports these were funded by Saudi Arabia, hence the SauDi Electronic designation, and the order placed in 1973. The deliveries were made from 1974 to 1976, with four follow up orders for a total of 82 Mirages.
A modernisation program started in 1983 to update the avionics, with the updated ariframes redesignated as Mirage 5SDE-2.
A follow on major update program by SAGEM was announced in 2005. The "Horus" had improved avionics, sensors, a SAGEM navigation / attack avionics suite and a Forward Looking Infra-Red sensor (FLIR) to allow low level and low visibility precision strikes. These upgrades allow the aircraft to use precision weapons. 24 airframes were fitted out as the MIrage 5SDE Horus or 5SDE-2 Horus.
This kit includes two decal options, the delivery scheme and one from the EAF Reserve at Gebel el-Basur.
This kit includes the revised Mirage wing & fuselage sprues with improved surface details.
Materials: Plastic, Polyurethane Resin, Metal
Decal Options: EAF x 2
Paint and cement not included. Suitable for ages 14 to Adult