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French Navy Atlantique shows new designation ability over Iraq

14 April 2016

A French Navy Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has conducted a target designation mission for the first time in Iraq, according to the French armed forces central command (Etat-Major des Armées).

An upgraded French Navy ALT2 MPA has conducted a target designation mission for the first time. (Frederic Lert)An upgraded French Navy ALT2 MPA has conducted a target designation mission for the first time. (Frederic Lert)

Flying from Jordan the ATL2 with a forward air controller (FAC) on board the aircraft conducted 'buddy lasing' for a fighter aircraft striking an insurgent target in Iraq.

The aircraft is one of three French Navy Atlantiques equipped with an L-3 Wescam MX-20 digital electro-optical/infrared turret as part of an upgrade begun in 2013 to enable the aircraft to designate GBU-12 and GBU-51 Paveway 500 lb guided bombs.



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