Naval Forces News - France
French Navy Test Launched a MU90 Torpedo from its ATL2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft
The French Navy released a picture showing one of its ATL2 (Breguet/Dassault Atlantique 2) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) launching a MU90 torpedo. The MPA belongs to the Flotille (naval air squadron) 21F based in Lann-Bihoué (Britanny) and the trial was conducted at the French procurement agency (DGA) maritime test field in the Mediterranean Sea. The first even MU90 torpedo launch from an ATL2 took place in April 2011.
A French Navy ATL2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Launching a MU90 Torpedo during trial on 22/04/2015
Picture: DGA-CELM Landes
The French Navy
operates 22 ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft in two "Flotilles"
(equivalient to the US Navy's Patrol Squadrons): 21F and 23F. In October
2013 the French Ministry of Defence awarded Dassault Aviation and
Thales a contract for the modernisation of 15 ATL2s. The upgrade will
consist in a new radar, the Thales
Search Master, new IFF, latest-generation digital acoustic
processing subsystem, a new core system... The upgrade programme will
improve the ATL2's ability to deal with new and emerging threats under
all weather conditions, both in strategic deterrence roles and in
asymmetric conflicts involving quiet and stealthy submarines, high-speed
craft, land vehicles, etc. The aircraft will be equipped to remain
in operational service beyond 2030.
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