A bag full of firsts


The Atlantique 2 has become a veritable workhorse in current French operations, tasked with missions ranging from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to close air support. Jan Kraak

ON OCTOBER 12, several French press outlets reported on a first successful trial to aerial refuel Armée de l’Air Caracals assigned to Escadron d’Hélicoptères (EH) 1/67 ‘Pyrénées’, from an Ejército del Aire KC-130 Hercules. The trial is reported to have taken place near BA125 Istres in southern France. Supposedly, this first trial only included daytime runs, but future trials should also involve nighttime refuelling.

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