Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet 1B of the Belgian Air Force

The Dassault-Breguet-Dornier Alpha Jet is a twin seat subsonic fighter bomber that due to its conception and versatile characteristics is particularly suitable for supporting air offensive operations, surface forces operations as well as for the advanced training on bomber fighters and operational conversion training, with the capability of using different weapon configurations.


Its equipment allows it to obtain great efficiency when planning and executing missions.


The Head Up Display (HUD) saves the pilot from looking down into the cockpit to read the instruments, by superimposing data on a clear plate mounted at the pilot's eye level. The navigation and fire control computers are rather precise and permit a great flexibility on attack missions. The use of "AFA" computer makes it simpler, quicker and more efficient the planning of a mission.

The Alpha Jet 2 is a development of the training aircraft optimised for ground attack. It has an integrated weapon system (laser range finder, inertial navigation unit, Head-Up Display) allowing to fulfil either weapon system training missions or ground attack missions with a great accuracy. The Alpha Jet ATS (Advanced Training System) , fitted in particular with state-of-the-art controls and displays (glass cockpit), will allow to train the pilot for the use of navigation/attack systems of the latest and future fighters aircraft.

ALPHA JET Specifications
Type Advanced Trainer and battlefield close support aircraft
Manufacturer Dassault-Breguet-Dornier
Accommodation Crew 2 in tandem - pupil and instructor
Armament Main gun 120mm, two 7.62mm machine guns
Performance Max Speed 1,150km/h / 0.8 Mach
Wing Span 30ft (9.14m)
Length 40ft 3in (12.3m)
Height 13ft 9in (4.19m)
Weight Weight 7,374lb (3,515kg) empty
Powerplant Two SNECMA/ Turbomeca Larzac 04-C6 turbofans producing 5,952lb (26.48kN) thrust
Variants Trainer version used by France is Alpha Jet E; attack version is used by Germany; MS1 close support capable version assembled in Egypt; MS2 further improved version, NGEA new avionics; uprated engine, Magic AAms, Lancier glass cockpit