The Mirage 2000N has been retired by the French Air Force as the specialist nuclear strike role passes to the Rafale B.



The sleek lines of the delta-winged Mirage 2000N. The type stood firm in its nuclear mission right until the end of its service life, as it made way for the Rafale B.

AS THE DASSAULT Rafale increases its grip on the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air), older types are standing aside from a variety of roles. First it was the Mirage F1, and now the mighty Mirage 2000N has bowed out after a stellar 30-year career. This two-seat nuclear striker is surplus to requirements as the two-seat Rafale B steps into the secretive nuclear role with its impressive MBDA ASMP-A (Air-Sol Moyenne Portée — Air-to-Surface Medium-Range) stand-off ramjet-propelled missile.

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