[Photo] French Rafale jets conduct first reconnaissance mission over Iraq

Two Rafale have already flown over Iraq to perform reconnaissance missions over ISIS targets.

Two French Air Force Rafale jets, deployed to Al Dhafra airbase, in UAE, conducted France’s first reconnaissance mission over Iraq on Sept. 15.

The aircraft, carrying a Reco NG pod, are part of the French contingent which includes six Rafale fighter jets, a Boeing C-135FR tanker belonging to the French Air Force and a French Navy Atlantique reconnaissance aircraft which will perform ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) missions against ISIS targets.

Image credit: © JL. Brunet / Armée de l’air


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