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Cheetah Multirole Fighter Aircraft

Type

Multi-role Fighter Aircraft

Crew

One

Maiden Flight

July 1986

Period of Service

1986 to 2008

Operator

Ecuadorian Air Force

Manufacturer

Denel Aviation

Number Built

Cheetah C: 38<br />Cheetah D: 16<br />Cheetah E: 16

Length

16.18m

Wingspan

8.22m

Height

4.50m

Wing Area

35m&sup2;

Empty Weight

8 210kg

Maximum Take off Weight

16, 200kg

Engine Type

Snecma Atar 9K50C-11 turbojet

Number of Engines

One

Thrust

10,500lb

Speed

2,350kph

Service Ceiling

17000m

Range

1,300km

Ferry Range

2,600km

Rate of Climb

45,950ft/min

Wing Loading

250kg/m&sup2

Guns

2×30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun

Rockets

4×Matra rocket pods with 18×SNEB 68 mm rockets each, OR 2×Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 19×SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 liters) of fuel

Missiles

2×Python 3 AAMs, V4 R-Darter (BVR missile), U/Darter, V3C Darter

Bombs

8,800lb (4,400kg) of payload on five external hardpoints, including 250kg Laser-guided bombs (LGB), GPS-guided bombs, 250kg 'booster' bombs, a variety of unguided 'iron' bombs

EL-2001 Radar

Elta Systems

Cockpit Seats

Martin Baker
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