The Dassault Etendard IVM is a single-engine, single-seat, strike fighter built for the French Navy out of the Etendard II and Etendard VI. Initially developed in response to a pair of requirements for a new light fighter for French and other NATO air forces, the Etendard IV was created after the French Navy took interest in the prior Etendard designs. The Etendard IV was built as a prototype in 1958, and entered service with the French Navy as the Etendard IVM in 1962. 69 Etendard IVM strike fighters and 21 Etendard IVP reconnaissance aircraft were procured and deployed aboard the Clemenceau and Foch.
The Etendard IVM is an inexpensive Marine light strike platform available to French and NATO decks. The type carries twin DEFA 550 cannons and two SAMP T200 400kg bombs. The SAMP T200 has good explosive power and can be used to attack light to moderately armed vehicles, as well as infantry units. The drawbacks of the Etendard IV are its lack of ECM and lack of an air to air missile compliment. The type is vulnerable to long range SAMs and AAMs, and cannot punch back at enemy fighters until it is within cannon range. These drawbacks are far from prohibitive, given the Etendard IVM's low cost of 50 points per aircraft, and with good tactics and timing, the inexpensive Etendard IVM can make powerful, effective strikes against enemy ground targets.
In Wargame: Red Dragon, the Etendard IVM is largely untouched from its AirLand Battle configuration. It has the same loadout, costs slightly less to field, but has received a small bump in ECM to 10%. This is not significant enough to give the Etendard IVM good survivability against SAMs and AAMs. The Etendard IVM's advantages and drawbacks are largely the same between the two series.