The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard



is a French carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft designed by Dassault-Breguet for service with the French Navy.


The aircraft is an advanced development of the Étendard IVM. The Super Étendard first flew in October 1974 and entered French service in June 1978.


French Super Étendards have served in several conflicts such as the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan and the military intervention in Libya.



National origin


Developed from


First flight






Primary users





Number built

Attack aircraft




Dassault Étendard IV


October 1974


June 1978




French Navy, Argentine Navy

Iraqi Air Force





The Super Étendard was also operated by Iraq and Argentina, who both deployed the aircraft during wartime.


The Super Étendard was used by Iraq to attack oil tankers and merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq-Iran War.


Argentina's use of the Super Étendard and the Exocet missile during the 1982 Falklands War led to the aircraft gaining considerable popular recognition.


In French service, the Super Étendard is to be replaced by the Dassault Rafale by roughly 2015.

General characteristics


Crew: 1

Length: 14.31 m (45 ft 11½ in)


Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)


Height: 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in)


Wing area: 28.4 m² (306.7 ft²)


Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)


Max. takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)


Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 8K-50 turbojet, 49.0 kN (11,025 lbf)





Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (637 knots, 733 mph) at low level


Range: 1,820 km[60] (983 nmi, 1,130 mi)


Combat radius: 850 km (460 nmi, 530 mi) with one AM39 Exocet missile one wing pylon and one drop tank on opposite pylon.


Service ceiling: 13,700 m (44,900 ft)


Rate of climb: 100 m/s[61] (19,700 ft/min)


Wing loading: 423 kg/m² (86.3 lb/ft²)


Thrust/weight: 0.42