Dassault Mirage 2000D (649 / 3-XY) from the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) "Couteau Delta" at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The "Couteau Delta" tactical display team, one of the French Air Force's numerous demonstration teams,
flies two examples of the Dassault Mirage 2000D strike aircraft. The "Couteau Delta" was created in 2016
to replace the previous "Ramex Delta" tactical display team composed of two Mirage 2000N jets.
The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air). The Mirage 2000 evolved into a multirole aircraft with several variants developed, with sales to a number of nations. It was later developed into the Mirage 2000N (for Nuclear) and 2000D strike variants, the improved Mirage 2000-5 and several export variants. The Dassault Mirage 2000D is a variant of the Mirage 2000N, designed for long-range precision strikes with conventional weapons. This aircraft is exactly the same as the Mirage 2000N, but introduces support for conventional attack missiles such as the Apache and Scalp missiles, as well as the AASM weapons. The first Mirage 2000D aircraft, converted from the Mirage 2000N prototype, flew on 19 February 1991, and the French Air Force ordered a total of 86 aircraft.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.