Although the Mirage 2000D was primarily built by Dassault for the French Air Force need of an attack plane, the most current operations require something else of plane and crew. Deployed to Jordan a soon to be six-plane strong detachment has joined the official international operations against so-called Islamic State forces in Iraq as armed reconnaissance jets, on 6 December 2014.
Nine weeks after the beginning of the Operation Chammal – the French name for what the US calls Operation Inherent Resolve – the current three Mirage 2000Ds executed their first recon sorties against what the French call terrorist group Daech and many others call ISIS or ISIL. The triplets arrived on 28 November and will be joined soon somewhere around the time of this publication by another three Deltas.
Meanwhile, the Armée de l’Air’s newest fighter jets deployed to the United Arab Emirates continue to focus on both intelligence and stand-by for strike options. In fact two of these Dassault Rafale planes – nine are in the area – bombarded a Daech / ISIS position in Iraq on Saterday 1 December 2014 at 08:30 hours Paris time. Rafales struck again on 5 December 2014 on a Daech / ISIS fortified position 20 kilomtres (14 miles) northwest of the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The French launched their operations in Iraq on 19 September 2014, lead by the commanding admiral of the Idian Ocean Zone (Alindien), on request by the US supported government of Iraq.
Source: Ministère de la Défense