Air International 2000-03
R.Niccoli - Strategic force of the Armee de l'Air /Military aviation/
In order to refuel the probe-equipped Mirage 2000s from its centre-line station, the C-135FR's boom has to be fitted with a hose and drogue.
A C-135FR of ERV.00/093 preparing to refuel a Mirage 2000N and a Mirage IVP of the FAS.
H03/‘59-BC’ is one of four C-160H ASTARTEs of EA.01/059, based at Evreux. They are tasked with providing an airborne command post and secure radio link for the French strategic forces in the event of nuclear war.
A C-135FR of ERV.00/093 preparing to refuel a Mirage 2000N and a Mirage IVP of the FAS.
A Mirage 2000N of EC.02/004, armed with an ASMP cruise missile, taken in-flight 'somewhere over France' during a nuclear readiness exercise.
Mirage 2000N, 340/'4-AA', of EC.01/004 armed with 68mm rocket pods for conventional air-to-ground operations.
During NATO operations over Bosnia, Mirage 2000s were used mainly in the close air support rote, in support of the IFOR/SFOR ground forces. Mirage 2000N, 347/'4-BT’, of EC.02/004 taxying at Cervia in February 1996 is armed with two Mk 82 500lb GPLD bombs, two Matra Magic 2 air-to-air missiles for self-defence, plus two 528 Imp gal underwing tanks.
A C-135FR of ERV.00/093 preparing to refuel a Mirage 2000N and a Mirage IVP of the FAS.