The French Navy confirmed their support for the Yeovilton International Air Day 2018.
Rafale M x 2 - French Navy (Flying)
Atlantique 2 - French Navy (Flying)
NH90 NFH Caiman - French Navy (Static)
Lynx HAS4 - French Navy (Static)
Falcon 50M - French Navy (Static)
We are delighted to announce that the French Navy have confirmed their support for the Royal Naval Air Station International Air Day on Saturday 7 July. Headlining their contribution is the return of the fantastic Rafale pair role demonstration. So far, flown at no other UK airshow, it's an award-winning, all-action routine that highlights the French Navy's cutting-edge multirole carrier fighter aircraft to scintillating effect. Starting with a thunderous formation take-off, the display showcases both present day frontline naval tactics and the exceptional performance capabilities of the fast, powerful and agile Rafale M.
The French Navy is also contributing an exceptionally rare Atlantique 2 to the flying display. This charismatic maritime patrol aircraft hasn't performed in British skies for over 15 years, so will be a major highlight of Air Day's five-plus hour display. The Atlantique 2's capabilities include submarine escort, surveillance, intelligence-gathering and electronic warfare on missions lasting up to 18 hours. We look forward to welcoming the Atlantique and its crew from 23 Flottille!
In addition to display aircraft the French Navy will have three aircraft on static display. The NH90 NFH is a state-of-the-art frigate-launched anti-submarine helicopter featuring a carbon fibre fuselage, composite rotor blades, fly-by-wire flight controls and digital cockpit displays. This will be an Air Day debut for a French Navy example, they call the 'Caiman'.
The French Navy Lynx represents an older generation of anti-submarine capability and the fleet remains operational for now although, after 40 years' service, retirement looms. The type equips 34 Flottille, based at Lanvéoc-Poulmic in Brittany. Seldom seen on British shores, the French Navy also operates eight Dassault Falcon 50Ms and one's making a rare appearance at Air Day. This widely-tasked maritime surveillance aircraft is equipped with specialised mission systems and its capabilities include search and rescue, fishing patrol operations and counter-narcotics missions.