June 6, 2021 (Google Translation) – The DGA delivered the 5th ATL2, renovated to standard 6, to the French Navy on May 21. As a reminder, two were delivered in 2019, one in 2020, and one in February. Another refurbished ATL2 is scheduled for delivery at the end of the year.
By 2024, the 2019-2025 LPM provides for the renovation of 18 ATL2, modernized and equipped with new technologies. The renovation of this 5 th aircraft was carried out by Dassault Aviation for 14 months in Istres. The plane joined the Lann-Bihoué naval air base.
The ATL2 renovation projects are divided between SIAé (in Cuers, 11 planes), Dassault Aviation (in Istres, four planes, all already delivered) and Sabena Technics (in Dinard, three planes) subcontracted by Dassault Aviation.
This renovation relates to the ATL2 combat system and aims to develop and then integrate into existing aircraft new technologies in terms of tactical mission systems, sensor subsystems and display consoles, in order to deal with the obsolescence of current systems that would prevent its use in the short term. This equipment is among the most efficient or efficient in the aeronautical industry (such as the new Searchmaster radar which benefits from the active antenna technology developed by Thales for the Rafale). ATL2s will thus improve their ability to deal with modern threats in all weathers, whether as part of strategic deterrence missions or in the context of conflicts: silent and stealth submarines, fast boats, and even land vehicles.