Dassault Etendard IV

The Dassault Etendard IV is a supersonic carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft designed for service with the French Navy. Performance of the Etendard IV was never spectacular, in the low supersonic range at altitude. It could reach Mach 1.3 at 11,000 meters and Mach 0.97 at low altitude. The last of the original Etendard IVMs were withdrawn in 1991, although a handful of IVPs remained operational in 2004.

Dassault Etendard IV
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1958
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The Étendard's history began with two different design requirements in the early 1950s for light fighters, one for the French Air Force and the other for NATO air forces. Dassault used the same basic design for both these specifications, designated as the Étendard II and Étendard VI respectively, neither of which received any orders. The company also developed a larger and more powerful variant, which was originally designated as the Mystère XXIV, simultaneously as a private venture.

The French Navy showed interest in the more powerful aircraft, which led to Dassault constructing a prototype navalized version; this first prototype conducted its first flight on 24 July 1956. Sufficiently satisfied with its performance, the French Navy would procure for 69 Étendard IVM fighters and 21 Étendard IVP reconnaissance versions. From 1962, these were being deployed aboard the service's newly built Clemenceau-class aircraft carriers, the Clemenceau and Foch.

The Jaguar M, a navalized variant of the Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar, was intended to be the Étendard's replacement, but this effort was derailed by political lobbying by Dassault, who favoured their own proposed upgraded version of the aircraft, which would later enter service as the Super Étendard. The original Étendard was retired from carrier service in 1980, and was phased out from active roles in 1987.

Role Strike fighter
National origin France
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
First flight 1958
Introduction 1962
Retired 1991
Status Some IVPs still in service
Primary user French Navy
Number built 90
Variants Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 14.40 m (47 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.79 m (12 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 29 m (312 ft)
  • Empty weight: 5,900 kg (13,000 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 8,170 kg (18,010 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 10,200 kg (22,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x SNECMA Atar 8B turbojet, 43.16 kN (9,703 lbf)


  • Maximum speed: 1,099 km/h (593 knots, 683 mph)
  • Range: 3,300 km (1,800 NM, 2,100 mi)
  • Service ceiling 15,500 m (50,900 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 100 m/s (19,700 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 282 kg/m (57 lb/ft)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.54


  • Guns: 2 x 30 mm (1.18 in) cannon
  • Bombs: 1,360 kg (3,000 lb) of bombs and rockets

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