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The Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic is a long-range reconnaissance aircraft, primarily designed for use over the sea. It is used in several NATOmarker countries as a reconnaissance and patrol aircraft as well as anti-submarine aircraft. The Atlantic is also capable of carrying air-to-ground missiles. The Atlantique 2' is an updated version produced for the French Navy in the 1980s.

Design and development

The Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic has been designed for its purpose, instead of refitting or modifying existing designs. Though the primary mission of the Atlantic is anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, its secondary role includes search and rescue, mine laying and detection, and long-range maritime surveillance.

The Atlantic can carry either eight guided ASW torpedoes such as Mk 46 Torpedo or 12 depth charges or two AM.39 Exocet Anti-Ship missiles in its internal bomb bay. German Atlantic usually carried Mk 46s only and flew unarmed during the last years of their service.

Operational history

The Royal Netherlands Navy lost three Atlantics out of nine aircraft in a series of failures over the North Sea, resulting in the grounding of the type and its eventual replacement by the P-3 Orion. The German Marineflieger never lost a single plane from 1963 to 2005. The German Atlantics were replaced by the same P-3 Orion airframes the Netherlands had bought in the 1980s to replace the Atlantic, however meanwhile these aircraft were significantly modernized and upgraded, making them state-of-art maritime patrol aircraft.

In 1999, a Pakistan Navy Atlantic was shot down by Indian Air Force MiG-21s after they failed to force it to land at an Indian base, raising tensions in the region, in what was dubbed the Atlantique Incident. Disobeying instructions from the MiG pilots, the Atlantic manoeuvred to escape from them and was shot down by a heat-seeking air-to-air missile over the highly contested Rann of Kutch region.

Several German Atlantics have been donated to museums, including the Luftwaffenmuseummarker and the Dutch Air Force Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands.

A Breguet Atlantic, referred to in news reports as an Atlantic Model 2, was used by the French Army in the search for parts of Air France Flight 447marker.

Variants

Br.1150 Atlantic
Atlantique 2


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Specifications

See also

References

  1. Naval Technology
  2. Airforce Museum
  3. "Search Teams Converge on Presumed Air France Crash Zone", Washington Post, June 1, 2009
  4. "French army air crewman aboard an Atlantic Model 2 aircraft", Associated Press, June 2, 2009
  5. "An Atlantic Model 2 aircraft lands at France's air base in Dakar", Associated Press, June 2, 2009


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