Tuesday, January 1

Kitthawk's 32nd scale Dassault Mirage 2000 D/N is rapidly approaching...

Kittyhawk release boxart of their Mirage 2000 D/N just today - this two-seater variant designed for Nuclear strike is slated for release mid-2019 - so not long to go now, folks! See more about the kit in our preview...

Kittyhawk's 2-seater Mirage 2000 on the way!

Dassault Mirage 2000 D/N 
From: Kitthawk Models
1/32nd scale 
Kt No: KH32022
Due for release Mid-2019
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the latest int he  32nd scale aircraft family has been slated from a while from Kittyhawk. We already know the Multi-role Mirage 200C kit which is coming (we think) int he first quarter of 2019. Nwq the two-seater strike variant of this airframe is on the way in the form of the Mirage 200 D/N version - we wanted to know what were the differences between these two variants what were their purposes?

The two-seat Dassault Mirage 2000 D/N
The Dassault Mirage 2000 D/N is much more than the French answer to the American F-16 Fighting Falcon. Prized for its low-cost and ease of maintenance, this delta-wing tactical bomber is the most heavily exported European combat aircraft around the world. Faster than the F-16, with a steeper rate of climb and much longer range, the Mirage was designed from the ground up for its bomber role. The Dassault Mirage’s tough and rugged frame helps it excel at extremely low-altitude close air support and high-speed deep penetration strikes into contested airspace.

Variants in the box what is the difference between the "D" and "N models

The Mirage 2000N 
The "N" model is the nuclear strike variant which was intended to carry the Aerospatiale Air-Sol Moyenne Portee (ASMP) nuclear stand-off missile. Initial flight tests of two prototypes began on 3 February 1983, and the Mirage 2000N entered operational service in 1988. A total of 75 were built. The fighter had strengthened wings for low-altitude operations, as well as low-level precision navigation/attack systems, built around the Dassault/Thales Antilope 5 radar, which was designed for the strike role and featured a terrain-avoidance capability.
The ASMP missile is 5.38 meters long with a kerosene-powered ramjet that allows it to cruise at Mach 3 to a maximum range of 100 km carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield of 300 kt.
The existing kit was enhanced to provide an electronic intelligence (ELINT) capability, allowing the aircraft to record data on adversary emitters for post-flight intelligence analysis.
- A SAT Samir "Detecteur de Depart Missile (DDM)" missile-warning system was also added, being attached to the back of the Magic AAM pylons.
- Future upgrades include the addition of a Pod Reco NG (Pod de Reconnaissance Nouvelle Generation) to provide digital reconnaissance capabilities, with both day and night imagers, a digital data recorder system, and a data link to provide a real-time relay of imagery to battlefield commanders. It is being developed by Thales for service introduction in 2006.
- Aircraft with the updated countermeasures system and capable of carrying both the ASMP-A missile and the Pod Reco NG will be redesignated "Mirage 2000N-K3".

Mirage 2000D
Delays in the Dassault Rafale fourth-generation fighter program led to a development program for an updated Mirage 2000N dedicated to conventional attack, originally designated Mirage 2000N cousin. It was to complement SEPECAT Jaguar daylight strike fighters by providing a night/bad weather attack capability.
Formal development began in 1988. The designation was changed to Mirage 2000D in 1990, with the "D" standing for "Diversifie/Multirole". Initial flight of the Mirage 2000D prototype, a modified Mirage 2000N prototype, was on 19 February 1991. That led to the first flight of a production aircraft 31 March 1993 and introduction to service in April 1995. 86 Mirage 2000Ds were built in all to last delivery in 2001.
The Mirage 2000D featured:
- An NVG-compatible cockpit, with improved "hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS)" controls and a partial "glass cockpit" arrangement. The pilot obtained a second display, and the back-seater received two more for a total of three in the rear.
- A modernized ULISS 52P navigation system with Global Positioning System (GPS) capability,
- An improved Antilope 50 terrain-following system.
- An updated "ICMS 2" countermeasures system, with SERVAL RWR, Chameleon jammer, and Spirale dispensers.
- Full-specification Mirage 2000D-R1 aircraft could carry stores such as:
- All major dumb munitions, such as iron bombs, Belouga cluster bombs, Durandal runway breaker bombs, BAP 100 and BAP 120 clusters, Matra 68 millimetre rocket pods, and cannon pods.
- Laser-guided weapons such as the AS-30L ASM or French and US LGBs, with the munitions directed by an ATLIS II or improved optical-infrared PDLCT and high-resolution PDLCTS targeting pods, attached to a pylon under the right air intake. The navigator/WSO in the back seat handled laser targeting while the pilot in the front flew the aircraft. - Carriage of the next-generation Damocles pod is now under consideration.
- The ARMAT antiradar missile, though this is rarely carried.

The Mirage 2000D remains in service, with various improvements such as the MICA IR. A general upgrade designated Mirage 2000D-R2 machine was delivered from 2001. A second upgrade program was begun in 2009, with better support for the strike role and improvement of air-to-air capabilities. This provided a multirole capability that compensated for the eventual retirement of the Mirage 2000Cs.
Weapons of the 2000 D/N
There are nine hardpoints in all, capable of carrying any combination of the following:
- 4x Matra SNEB 68-mm 18-round rocket pods on the four underwing hardpoints 4× R550 Magic air-to-air missiles for self-defence, normally 2 on the outboard underwing pylons
- 4× MICA IR air-to-air missiles for self-defence, normally 2 on the outboard underwing pylons
- 1× Apache anti-runway cruise missile on the centerline pylon
- 1× SCALP EG air-launched cruise missile on the centerline pylon
- 2× AS-30L laser-guided missiles on the inboard underwing pylons
- Up to 10x 125kg, 250kg, 1000 Kg bombs, including laser, ISN/GPS, and IIR guided munitions. The lighter versions are carried in pairs on the centerline and inboard wing hardpoints and one under each of the four fuselage hard points.

We will give you more information about this new kit as soon as it comes to us - 'till then hold on tight guys n' gals...
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