Air International 2019-01
H.-P.Grolleau - Atlantique 2 into combat /Military/
Egyptian Navy Corvette El Fateh gets a once over from an Atlantique 2 over the Mediterranian.
This shot demonstrates the acute nose-down attitude of the Atlantique 2 when landing. The high-aspect ratio wing develops loads of lift, which sometimes makes landing problematic.
The aircraft's load of sonobuoys is carried in dispensers covered by the two open doors behind the weapons bay.
The clam shell doors covering the Rolls-Royce Tyne engines were designed to provide ease of access for maintenance.
Ground crew prod a sonobuoy into place.
As can be seen in this head on shot, the Atlantique 2 is designed with a 'double-bubble' fuselage. The upper lobe contains a pressurised crew compartment, and the lower a 27ft 6in (9m) weapons bay.
Vapour vortices trail behind Atlantique 2 No.27 as it takes off from Lann-Bihoue at the start of another long patrol.
Weapons handlers in their distinctive red vests manoeuvre a Paveway II training round into position ready for flight.
Decoy flares are deployed from fuselage-mounted containers.
Atlantique 2 No.27 of 23F being towed at its Lann-Bihoue base with the doors to its capacious weapons bay open.
Salt is a killer of airframes, which is why this Atlantique 2 is visiting the wash-rack after returning from a low-level sortie over the sea.
Decoy flares are deployed from fuselage-mounted containers.
A view from the flight engineer's position of the flight deck of an Atlantique 2 prior to modernisation.
The most obvious difference from the old-style flight deck to be seen in this image of an upgraded aircraft is the new glass cockpit. Two digital screens for each pilot replace the previously fitted analogue dials, providing primary flight data and other useful information.
The darkened rear cabin is the domain of the tactical crew that usually comprises eight technicians, the tactical coordinator (TACCO) and his or her deputy, two radar and electronic support measures officers and two acoustic sensor officers. The TACCOs have identical workstations, both of which have two full-colour digital displays. The TACCO monitors inputs from sensors to determine necessary action. The deputy manages communications, navigation and electro-optical systems.
A crew member uses a digital single-lens reflex camera fitted with a long 300-800mm lens for surveillance. The camera is connected to computers in the rear cabin for rapid analysis of images taken.