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Syrian Civil War


                                           VICTORIES
NAME                                        GROUND                     UNITS           AIRFORCE           COMMENTS

unknown                                       1                        EC 1/4          Armeé de L'Air     1.   
unknown (WSO)                                 1                        EC 1/4          Armeé de L'Air     1.   

Comments:
  1. Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) Rafale B 322 ‘4-HU’ has received markings to denote a ground kill of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Middle East. Seen recently at Saint-Dizier in France, Rafale B 322 was deployed to Jordan for Opération Chammal, the French contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The jet’s bombing markings represent delivery of eight 500lb (227kg) GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs (LGBs), five AASM (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire) guided munitions and a drone. The Rafale was tasked with destruction of a crashed coalition UAV to avoid its wreckage falling into the hands of so-called Islamic State or other insurgent groups. Based on the marking, the UAV was apparently an MQ-9 Reaper.
EC 1/4: Escadron de Chasse (EC) 1/4 ‘Gascogne’
WSO: Weapon System Officer

Dassault Rafale

Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale B, 322 ‘4-HU’, Escadron de Chasse (EC) 1/4 ‘Gascogne’.

Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale B, Armeé de L'Air.

Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale B, Armeé de L'Air.


Sources & Literature
  1. ‘Drone-killer’ Rafale, News, AirForces Monthly, https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishing.com/2018/09/17/drone-killer-rafale/. [Online, accessed 26-10-2018]

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