March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since 19 February 2019, an Atlantic 2 maritime patrol aircraft (ATL 2) has been deployed at the proposed air base in the Levant and is conducting missions for Operation Chammal.
The crew of some 30 men is involved in intelligence gathering and is a real support for the forces of the international coalition in the fight against Daesh.
Originally designed for the fight against underwater and control of the air-sea environment in an area stretching from the coastal fringe to the open sea, the ATL 2 perfectly adapts to the desert areas of the Chammal theater. where he carries out air-land missions. With a flight autonomy of fourteen hours, this aircraft is a platform adaptable to recognized performance. Its action involves specialists such as photo / imaging operators, radar interceptors, mechanics and communications specialists. Armed, this means of intelligence can also carry out opportunity strikes for the benefit of coalition forces by laser guided bombs.
Engaged punctually since September 2014 in Operation Chammal, these sailors from the sky have demonstrated all their skills during the 2550 hours of flight performed.
Atlantic 2 continues to sail and watch over the sandy Ocean of the Middle East.
Launched since 19 September 2014, the Chammal operation represents the French participation in the OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) and today mobilizes nearly 1,100 soldiers. At the request of the Iraqi government and in coordination with France’s allies present in the region, Operation Chammal is based on two complementary pillars: a “training” pillar for Iraqi national security units and a “support” pillar. to support the action of local forces engaged on the ground against Daesh and to strike the military capabilities of the terrorist group.