The same Western fighter, born during the Cold War, the Mirage 2000 and the F-16 Falcon are both classified as light fighter, single engine.
The Mirage 2000 was produced by Dassault Aviation, a design using Delta wings typical of Europe. In terms of speed, it is possible to reach a maximum speed of up to Mach 2.2 (equivalent to 2,336 km/h) at high altitude, or it can reach 1,110 km/h at low altitude.
The F-16, manufactured by General Dynamics (currently Lockheed Martin), has a slightly slower speed than the Mirage 2000. The F-16 can only reach top speed slightly above Mach 2 (2,120 km/h), but in return, the F-16 is better than the Mirage 2000 in terms of fuel economy.
In terms of weapons, the Mirage 2000 fighter has 9 hard points and a combat range of 1,850 km. In addition, the Mirage 2000 can also carry tactical nuclear weapons.
In addition to the two 30 mm DEFA 554 revolver cannon used for close-range combat, the Mirage 2000 is also equipped with two Matra 68 mm unguided rocket pods, 18 rockets per pod, to attack ground targets. The Mirage 2000 fighter is capable of launching a wide variety of French-made air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
But the F-16’s strong point is its payload capacity. The F-16 also has a total of 9 hard points. In terms of weaponry, the F-16 is superior to the Mirage 2000 fighter. The F-16 is equipped with a better 20mm M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon, 511 rounds, with a rate of fire up to 6,000 rounds/min. In addition, it can carry a variety of air-to-air, air-to-ground missiles, rockets, bombs and electronic jammers.
In terms of Rate of climb, the Mirage wins the F-16 in this case. While the Mirage has a maximum rate of climb of 285 m/s, the F-16 is only 220 m/s. If you compare the sizes of these two aircraft, it explains them all.
The Mirage has an empty weight of 7,500 kg and a maximum take-off weight of 17,000 kg; while the F-16 has an empty weight of 8,570 kg, with a maximum take-off weight of 19,200 kg. The Mirage 2000 can reach a ceiling of 17,000m, while that of the F-16 is 15,000m.
Since the first F-16 took off 45 years ago, 4,500 have been built and does not appear to stop, as there is still demand; hence the F-16 has been extremely successful in terms of sales. Meanwhile, only about 600 Mirage 2000 were built, and France has discontinued production since 2003 because it could not find customers.