Key sensors of the ATL 2 visible in this view are the Iguane 360° surveillance radar, antennas for the ARAR 13 electronic support measures system, a forward-looking infra-red sensor and the magnetic anomaly detector in the tail. Babak Taghvaee

WHILE FRENCH AIR Force and Navy Mirage 2000s and Rafales have been well publicized participants in Operation ‘Chammal’, the French air campaign against terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, these fighter-bombers would not be able to perform nearly as successfully without support from French Naval Aviation (Aéronautique Navale) Atlantique 2 (ATL_2) maritime patrol aircraft.

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