Three years on from the launch of Opération Chammal, the French militar y campaign against so-called Islamic State, Jean-Marc Tanguy examines the Rafale mission and talks to the Chief of the Staf f of the French Air Force André L anata.


Rafale C 120 ‘30-IY’ departs its base in Jordan to begin a SCALP-EG sortie. These are considered national missions and involve special rules of engagement. The validation process for the tasking is different from that of close air support missions, which require only authorisation from the CAOC.
Armée de l’Air

he Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) contribution to Opération Chammal involves special operations forces commandos, E-3F AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft, C-135FR tankers and a range of transport assets. However, perhaps its most prominent assets are the Armée de l’Air Rafales spearheading strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) – Daesh in French armed forces parlance.

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