Picture: Air defense Rafale patrolling.
From a French Ministry Of Defense announcement confirming that French Air Force was involved in Operation Harmattan as of 1:30 pm local time. Operation Harmattan is putting in application UN security council’s resolution 1973 for battle field air interdiction against Lybia’s Colonel Gaddaffi air force. The French air force is deploying 8 Rafale fighter jets, 2 Mirage 2000-5, 2 Mirage 2000 D fighter jets supported by 1 Boeing E3-F AWACS and 6 Boeing C-135 Tankers. Additionally the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle is set to leave France Sunday in order to join in the effort.