The French Navy Breguet Atlantique 2 performed after-strike assessment of the bombed target (Image © Armée de l'Air)

French Atlantique leader of the pack over Iraq

A French Navy Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft was leader of the pack when it made its first so-called Strike and Reconnaissance Coordination – Coordinator (SCAR-C) flight over Iraq on 21 November, the French Ministry of Defence acknowledged on 27 November 2014.

Acting as a Airborne Forward Air Controller, or FCC-A, the ATL2 crew for the first time lead a combat air patrol package consisting of two US Air Force and two Royal Danish Air Force F-16s while those fighters flew a Close Air Support missions against the so-called Islamic State forces, called terrorist group Daech by the French.

According to Paris the new SCAR-C task brings the ATL2 into a next phase of air operations, after it was initially only deployed for ISR missions: to gather Intelligence, provide Surveillance and fly Reconnaissance sorties.

Source: Ministère de la Défense

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The French Navy Breguet Atlantique 2 performed after-strike assessment of the bombed target (Image © Armée de l'Air)
The French Navy Breguet Atlantique 2 initially performed after-strike assessment of the bombed target in the fight against ISIS / ISIL (Image © Armée de l’Air)