The Mirage III jet fighter was developed by the French Avions Marcel Dassault company and its prototype flew in 1956. Regarded as a versatile second-generation fighter, it was the first Western European aircraft to exceed Mach 2 in level flight.
The two-seat Mirage IIID was a trainer version of the upgraded Mirage IIIE destined for export, while the Mirage 5D trainers stemmed from the Mirage 5 ground-attack variants; 55 of the former and 60 of the latter were produced. The Nesher T was an Israeli IAI-built derivative based on the Mirage IIIB airframe and fitted with simplified avionics; 10 a/c were produced and delivered during 1971-72.
The Mirage IIID/5D/Nesher T was a two-seat, all-metal monoplane featuring a tailless delta configuration. Compared to the single seater, the fuselage was stretched to accommodate the second seat while the fuselage cannons and radar were removed. It was fitted with ejection seats placed under one-piece clear-view canopy and powered by a SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet. If desired, external stores pylons and armament could be carried: two inner underwing pylons were designed for fuel drop tanks and the two outboard ones could carry Sidewinder or Matra Magic missiles.
Outside Europe, the two-seat Mirages were delivered to number of countries in South America, Africa and the Middle East, including Israel, Pakistan, Egypt (via Saudi Arabia) and Zaire.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) IAI Nesher T (Vulture), c/n T-05, Black 625, No.144 ‘Defenders of Arava’ Sq. (144 Tayeset), Israeli Air Force (Kheil HaAvir), Etzion Air Base (Bacha 10), Sinai, Israel, 1975
2) AMD Mirage IIIDP, s/n 67-301, Black 301, No.7 (TA) ‘Bandits’ Sq., No.32 (Tactical Attack) Wing, Pakistan Air Force (Pakistan Fiza’ya), Masroor Air Base, Pakistan, 2017-18
3) AMD Mirage 5SDD, c/n 2005, Black 2005, “Royal Saudi Air Force”, a/c purchased by Saudi Arabia on behalf of Egypt for service with the EAF (Egyptian Air Force), AMD plant, Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, France, 1974
4) Mirage 5DM, c/n 202, Black M202, No.211 Sq., 21st Fighter-Attack Wing, Zaire Air Force (Force Aérienne Zaïroise, FAZ), Kamina Air Base, Zaire, late 1970s