Mirage 2000 vs F-16 Fighting Falcon

Mirage 2000E vs F-16E/F Fighting Falcon BLOCK 60

Comment of Readers (Feel free to Leave a Reply on bottom).

1. Mirage is faster, but it is made as interceptor as response on Soviet MiG-25 and MiG-21 that can fly really fast. Also it has lot weaker engines and acceleration, that means that thrust to weight ratio is low so it lot weaker in close and medium range fight. F-16 is armed with long range AAM missiles while Mirage is not… So F-16 with and upgraded radar in BLOCK 60 version will easilly hit Mirage from long distance… F-16 is for me lot better than Mirage. Era of interceptors was over.

2. Mirage is not fighter, it is interceptor, so nowdays F-16 is lot more better. F-16 can carry lot more weapons, it is multirole fighter, not too modern but better than any interceptor from Cold War. Mirage is maybe better than Soviet MiG-21/25/27, but not better than F-16.

3. Some countries use both airplanes (like Greece), and they all agree that F-16 is better. Falcon is an air superiority fighter and with latest AESA radar upgrade for (Taiwan Air Force) it is more advanced and good as Gripen or MiG-29. Also F-16 thrust/weight is lot better, so it is better in dogfight and maneuverability. I agree that Mirage is an beautiful aircraft, but F-16 have adventage in all areas…except speed…

MIRAGE 2000F16 infographic

Flight Cost Per Hour

MIRAGE 2000E cost per hour

PER HOUR - F-16E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY MIRAGE 2000E F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR Rating 68% 78%
Armament 6.5/10 7.9/10
Technology 6.9/10 9.0/10
Avionics 7.4/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 7.1/10 7.9/10
Rate of Climb max. 285 m/s – 56k ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 0.92 1.11
Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.20 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 1.05 km/l – 2.46 NM/gallon 0.91 km/l – 2.13 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 28.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating good very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY MIRAGE 2000E F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR AAM missile MBDA Mica AIM-120 AMRAAM
Nation NATO USA
Year in 1996 in 1997
Range (mile) 31 45
Range (km) 50 75
Speed (mph) 3020 2640
Speed (km/h) 4900 4248
Radar T-CSF RDY RDM plus AN/APG-80
Radar overall rating good excellent
BVR Technology 65% 82%
BVR Def. Tech. 69% 77%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 1.0-2.5 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range fight) Ratings

CATEGORY MIRAGE 2000E F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Cannon 2 x DEFA 554 M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 30 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1300 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 815 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 30%
Maneuverability 7.1 7,9
Thrust/Weight Ratio 0,92 1,11
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) R.550 MAGIC II IRIS-T
Operational range 0.3 – 15 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 47% 58%

Size Compare

CATEGORY MIRAGE 2000E F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Length 14.36 m – 47 ft 1 in 15.0 m – 49 ft 4 in
Wingspan 9.13 m – 29 ft 0 in 9.45 m – 31 ft 0 in
Wing area 40.9 m² – 440 ft² 28.0 m² – 300 sq ft
Height 5.19 m – 17 ft 0 in 5.1 m – 16 ft 8 in
Weight 7,500 kg – 16,3k lb 10,000 kg – 22,1k lb
Power 1 x 95 kN – 21k lbf 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf

 

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