The Dassault Mirage III is a family of single-engine fighter aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force and widely exported.Prominent operators included Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Israel, as well as a number of non-aligned nations. Though an older design, the second-generation fighter is a fairly maneuverable aircraft and an effective opponent in close-range dogfighting.In French service it was armed with air-to-ground ordnance or R.550 Magic air-to-air missiles. The versatility of the design enabled production of trainer, reconnaissance and ground-attack versions, as well as the Dassault Mirage 5, Dassault Mirage IIIV and Atlas Cheetah variants. A Mirage III was the first Western European combat aircraft to exceed Mach 2 in horizontal flight. The Mirage IIID series was the two-seat trainer version of the Mirage IIIE, powered by 41.97 kN (9,440 lbf) dry and 58.84 kN (13,230 lbf) with reheat Atar 09-C engine. Fitted with distinctive strakes under the nose. Almost identical aircraft designated Mirage IIIBE, IIID and 5Dx depending on customer. Variants were: Mirage IIID: Two-seat training aircraft for the RAAF. Built under licence in Australia; 16 built, Mirage IIIDA: Two-seat trainer for the Argentine Air Force. Two supplied 1973 and a further two in 1982, Mirage IIIDBR: Two-seat trainer for the Brazilian Air Force, designated F-103D. Four newly built aircraft delivered from 1972. Two ex-French Air Force Mirage IIIBEs delivered 1984 to make up for losses in accidents, Mirage IIIDBR-2: Refurbished and updated aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force, with more modern avionics and canard foreplanes. Two ex-French aircraft sold to Brazil in 1988, with remaining two DBRs upgraded to same standard, Mirage IIIDE: Two-seat trainer for Spanish Air Force. Six built with local designation CE.11, Mirage IIIDP: Two-seat trainer for the Pakistan Air Force. Five built, Mirage IIIDS: Two-seat trainer for the Swiss Air Force. Two delivered 1983, Mirage IIIDV: Two-seat trainer for the Venezuelan Air Force; three built, Mirage IIIDZ: Two-seat trainer for the South African Air Force; three delivered 1969 and Mirage IIID2Z: Two-seat trainer for the South African Air Force, fitted with an Atar 9K-50 turbojet engine; giving 49.2 kN (11,100 lbf) thrust dry and 70.6 kN (15,900 lbf) with reheat. Eleven built.