Mecha Profile: Mirage 2000 – Muv-Luv Alternative

After the US started exporting its affordable TSF – the F-5 Freedom Fighter, the nation of France realized that they need something better to turn the tides in the BETA war, as the waves of alien invasion seems unstoppable. That’s where the French national manufacturer Dass-Ault came in – with their own refurbishments to the Mirage III to upgrade it to quasi-2nd generation model: the Mirage 2000.

I. Development History:
– Following the deployment of the F-5F Mirage III’s deployment, the French republic realized that while the unit is much better than its predecessor – the F-4 Phantom, the attrition rate against the BETA was bad. The European battlefield had a high chance of resulting in a close-quarter and melee-range combat against the BETA, which the light-armored Mirage III wasn’t excel at. Coupled with the fact that humanity had no effective tactics for close-combat against the BETA as well as the lack of skilled Surface Pilots, the French army incurred high losses against the BETA.

– The French leadership began to worry, and adopted the idea that close-quarter combat should be avoided at all cost. Impatiently, the French government decided to adopt a doctrine similar to the US Military’s, which prioritize stand-off bombardment instead of dogfighting in dense BETA areas. They ordered Dass-Ault to develop a craft with higher survivability with 2nd-generation specifications that focus on close-to-mid range combat. With assistance from Northrock – a US manufacturer – they began their refurbishment of the Mirage III.

– The refurbishment of the Mirage III into the Mirage 2000 progressed steadily. However, the fundamental limitations of the craft prevented it from reaching 2nd-generation specifications. France began deploying the craft in 1981. The deployment of the Mirage 2000 went smoothly thanks to its ease of manufacturing (as France already have licensed production plant for the F-5F). Through the 1980s, the Mirage 2000 continued to be manufactured, allowing for greater enhancement by Dass-Ault, which finally allowed the Mirage to reach 2nd-generation specs.

– The craft continues to serve as the main force of the French Military, even after the 3rd-generation Rafale was deployed in 1998. Its role is to be the “Low” in the High-Low Mix Initiative, which is a low-spec craft that can be mass-produced alongside limited-number high-spec craft. In 2000, the Mirage 2000-5 – formally known as the Mirage 2000-5F – was deployed. As of 2001, several African Union nations have also adopted the Mirage 2000 into their forces.

II. Technical Specs & Armaments:

– The official height of the Mirage 2000 isn’t confirmed, but based on the Mirage III, the craft should be around 17.5 meter. The unit utilizes 2 S35-P2 Jump Units – which have higher output than the Mirage III’s, allowing for high-speed surfacing for repeated hit-and-run attacks during culling operation. The Mirage 2000 is an All-Purpose Range-Specialized Fighter.

– The Mirage 2000 was developed using the combat data of its predecessor to increase survivability, which lead to the incorporation of armor-spikes to the knee armor block in anticipation of close-combat. The arm and leg frames have been enlarged by 15% compared to the Mirage III. This also allowed for a greater number of armaments to be mounted on the craft.

– The Mirage 2000 is equipped with standard European Assault Cannons – which is the WS-16. Later on, the French Military employed their own design of the range weapon, which is the FWS-G1 Assault Cannon, it is a combat weapon that resembles the FAMAS in real life with a 120mm launcher attachment under the barrel.

– Dass-Ault independently develop more refurbishments for the Mirage after the initial mass-production model was deployed. The Mirage 2000-3 was developed to explore advanced TSF technology, which led to the Mirage 2000-4 – where the craft reached 2nd-generation standards with cutting-edge fire control systems and avionics, as well as reinforcing and reducing the airframe weight. The Mirage 2000-5 gained mobile, close-quarter dogfighting capabilities and was later used to develop the 3rd-gen Rafale.
III. Variants:
After the first Su-47 model was rolled out, subsequent upgraded model was made in accordance with the П3 Plan, refining the specifications one at a time.
Mirage 2000

– Mirage 2000/ Mirage 2000C: The official initial mass production model of the craft.

– Mirage 2000-3: A prototype refurbishment of the Mirage 2000 to explore advanced TSF technologies.

– Mirage 2000-4: A 2nd-generation TSF retrofitted with cutting-edge FCS and avionics. Innovations and developments in material engineering also helped reducing the weight of the craft while reinforcing the airframe further.

– Mirage 2000-5: An enhanced variation of the Mirage which gained mobile, close quarters dogfighting abilities.

– Mirage 2000 Kai: A quasi-3rd generation specification machine. The craft’s Jump Unit was retrofitted and further increased the unit’s bombardment ability.

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