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The Messerschmitt Me 609 is a German air superior ty and strike fighter which entered service in the 1970s. It has greater range, weapons load and maneuverability than the Messerschmitt Me 563.

The Me 609 was started as a private venture, leveraging technology developed for the {unsuccessful} Me 662. It shares the Me 662's high-mounted swept wing, but the Me 609 is significantly smaller. It is equipped with a BMW 004K engine, an improved variant of the engine used in the Me 563. In the Luftwaffe it supplemented the Me 563 in the air defence role, and replaced it as a ground attack aircraft (beside the SEPECAT Ta 390 Jaguar)

OperatorsEdit

  • 800px-Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina (withdrawn by 1989)
  • 720px-Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
  • 800px-Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
  • 800px-Flag of Chile.svg Chile
  • 800px-Flag of the Republic of China.svg Nationalist Republic of China
  • 800px-Flag of Independent State of Croatia.svg Croatia
  • 800px-Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba
  • 800px-Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
  • 800px-Flag of Finland.svg Finland
  • 800px-Flag of France.svg French State
  • 800px-Flag of Nazi Germany (1933-1945).svg Germany
  • 800px-Flag of Greece (1828-1978).svg Greece
  • 800px-Flag of Hungary 1940.svg Hungary
  • 800px-Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia
  • 800px-Flag of Iraq (1963-1991).svg Iraq
  • 800px-Flag of RSI.svg Italy
  • 800px-Flag of North Korea.svg Independent State of Korea
  • 800px-Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
  • 800px-Flag of Myanmar (1974-2010).svg Myanmar
  • 800px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
  • 800px-Flag of Norway.svg Norway
  • 400px-Flag of Rhodesia.svg Rhodesia
  • 600px-Flag of Romania.svg Romania
  • 800px-Civil Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
  • 750px-Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Spanish State
  • 800px-Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg South Africa
  • 800px-Flag of Syria.svg Syria
  • 800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
  • 450px-Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006.svg Venezuela

SpecificationsEdit

General characteristicsEdit

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.30 m (50 ft 2½ in)
  • Wingspan: 8.40 m (27 ft 6¾ in)
  • Height: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 25.00 m² (269.1 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,400 kg (16,314 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 10,900 kg (24,030 lb) (clean take-off weight)
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,200 kg (35,715 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 004 K afterburning turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 49.03 kN[45] (11,023 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 70.6 kN (15,873 lbf)

PerformanceEdit

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,338 km/h, 1,262 knots, 1,453 mph) at 11,000 m (36,090 ft)
  • Combat radius: 425 km (230 nm, 265 mi) hi-lo-hi at Mach 0.75/0.88 with 14 × 250 kg bombs
  • Ferry range: 2,150 km (1,160 nm, 1,335 mi)
  • Endurance: 2 hr 15 min (combat air patrol, with 2 × Super 530 missiles and centreline drop tank)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 242 m/s (47,815 ft/min) at high altitude

ArmamentEdit

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) Mauser MG 213 cannons with 150 rounds per gun
  • Hardpoints: 1 centreline pylon, four underwing and two wingtip pylons with a capacity of 6,300 kg (13,900 lb) (practical maximum load 4,000 kg (8,800 lb)) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets: Rocket pods with 18× 68 mm rockets each
    • Missiles: Radar and infra-guided air to air missiles, anti-radar missiles, anti-ship missiles, infra red/TV guided air-to-ground missile, or laser guided air-to-ground missiles.
    • Bombs: various unguided or laser-guided bombs or 1× nuclear bomb (German aircraft only)
    • Other: ECM protection pods, Reconnaissance Pod, laser/electro-optical targeting pod, external drop tanks for extended range/loitering time

General ArrangementEdit

Dassault mirage f-1

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