A Royal Air Force Atlas aircraft has flown to Orleans, France for its crew and ground support specialists to exchange expertise with the French Air and Space Force.

The RAF say on their website that aircrew, engineers and specialists in air movements, fuel and airfield operations collaborated with their French counterparts at Bricy Air Base to test and improve their ability to work together and support each other in austere environments.

Squadron Leader Beard, Detachment Commander, was quoted as saying:

“The aim of the exercise is to train together as a coalition in a complex air environment, facing a high-level threat from a peer adversary. The French Air and Space Force have been superb and gracious hosts and the fact we both fly the A400M Atlas makes interoperability so much easier, we have both learnt a great deal from each other.”

According to a statement:

“The heavy lift aircraft, part of the Air Mobility Force based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, showed its ability for Agile Combat Employment – to disperse from a targeted base at a moment’s notice, and operate in irregular or austere conditions with minimal support.

The team operated seamlessly from Bricy Air Base with support from local airfield services, showing the flexibility of the aircraft and the interoperability of the French and UK forces. Six other allied nations also took part including Spain, Canada, Greece and Italy, showing the RAF’s ability to collaborate with NATO and partner nations.”

You can find out more from the RAF here.

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Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_807099)
2 months ago

Working together in nato is part of what makes it so useful. It’s taken a lot of effort over the years, using same size ammo, common communications and so on.

John Clark
John Clark (@guest_807112)
2 months ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

It makes perfect sense to closely train interoperable assets, let’s face it, the A400 is one of the primary NATO airlift assets and if the call comes in, it will be the UK and France that step up to the plate.

Paul T
Paul T (@guest_807181)
2 months ago

An A400 flew over my location yesterday as do regular C130 transits,the Atlas has a very distinctive drone that is hard to miss 

Coll (@guest_807249)
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

I remember being woken up by a droning sound, so I looked on ADSB and it was an A400m at 29,000 ft or something like that. haha.

Last edited 2 months ago by Coll
Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach (@guest_807199)
2 months ago

I wuz jest pissing boo ……