The Air Force has published its annual OPEX activity report for 2017. We learn in particular that the Rafales of Operation Chammal carried out over 1500 war missionse for 8000 flight hours and more than 400 ammunition fired. The 2000 mirages of Operation Barkhane in the Saharan zone, when they performed substantially the same number of missions, for 3000 hours of flight. We also learn that the 5 Reaper drones alone have carried out almost 6000 hours of flight time for less than 400 missions. The Awacs air traffic control, KC135 in-flight refueling, and C130, C160 and A400M transport devices were also in high demand.
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