October 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – An Atlantic 2 detachment has just completed a deployment at the proposed air base in Jordan. He took part in the fight against Daesh.
The Atlantic 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (ATL 2) is specifically designed for anti-submarine warfare. Thanks to his abilities, he participates in the control of the air-sea environment in an area stretching from the coastal fringe to the open sea.
In the context of Operation Chammal, the environment of its mission is very different. Here, the ATL 2 carries out air-land missions. Its main objective is to contribute to the intelligence aspect of the operation. To do this, it has many powerful sensors, observation posts and a radar emission detection system. It involves identifying the adversary, analyzing his behavior and gathering information about his resources. This information can then be used to plan offensive operations to reduce enemy military capabilities.
The maritime patrol aircraft can also carry out air support missions, to carry out, if necessary, opportunity strikes in support of ground troops. It has for this, in the hold, an armament panel adapted to this type of mission.
With a range of up to 14 hours, this aircraft is an adaptable platform with proven performance. Lieutenant (N) Hadrien, commander of the ATL 2 detachment at the proposed airbase, explains that “this aircraft is a real Swiss army knife, it has many sensors allowing it to be particularly effective on all types of theaters of operations.”
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.