Video shows French air strike in Iraq from launch to recovery, including aerial refueling

Yesterday two Rafale jets conducted the first French air strike in Iraq. And here’s a video which shows the mission from beginning to end.

On Sept. 19, two Rafales of the EC 3/30 “Lorraine” supported by a C-135FR Tanker of the GRV 2/91 “Bretagne” were involved in the first air strike on an ISIS  target in northern Iraq.

The 7-hour mission from Al Dhafra saw the attack plane drop four GBU-12 LGB (Laser-Guided Bombs) on a munition and fuel depot near the town of Zumar.

Each aircraft was equipped with four GBU-12s, a Damocles designation pod and MICA air-to-air missile.

Image credit: French MoD via Theatrum Belli

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