It has been a while since we posted anything on the blog so I am happy to bring some photos taken by one of our contributors, Thomas Withington, of French air operations out of Solenzara AFB in Corsica. As Thomas writes:
Since the French Air Force commenced Operation Harmattan, the national component of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector, over Libya in March, Solenzara Air Force Base (AFB) on the Mediterranean island of Corsica has been at the heart of the flying activity. The air force’s multirole Dassault Rafale combat aircraft have flown regular reconnaissance and air-to-ground sorties from the facility. These latter missions have seen the Rafales employ weapons such as the precision Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM/Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon) which performed its combat debut in Afghanistan in April 2008 against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi‘s key leadership and military targets in Libya. It was reported on 12th July that the Rafales could redeploy from Solenzara to Sigonella AFB in Sicily in order to reduce their transit times from their reconnaissance orbits and ground targets in Libya.
Here are the pictures…
GBU-12 on a Rafale