On April. 7, France carried out massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces that mobilized as many as 50 navy plane together with WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric sampling plane.
The French Air and Space Force stated in an announcement that the maneuvers included a mock nuclear air raid carried out over French territory below the Poker workouts.
Poker drills are carried out a number of instances per 12 months with out a lot publicity. Exercises embody air-to-air refueling of fighters, low altitude penetration by fighter bombers and the simulated taking pictures down of a missile (as soon as the nuclear cost has been deactivated).
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Under the Poker train, French Air and Space Force scrambled 50 navy plane, together with trendy Rafale fighter jets, WC-135 special-purpose plane, A330 MRTT aerial refueling tanker plane, AWACS E-3s, and Mirage 2000 fighters, come collectively to type a fleet in northern Brittany.
France 3 studies that the train concerned some planes role-playing as enemies whereas different ‘French’ planes assault a simulated enemy territory within the Massif Central.
During this raid, anti-aircraft protection programs additionally traced and tracked the sky to search out the attackers.
Although these workouts are solely a check, within the occasion of an actual disaster and a direct menace to France, it might be as much as the Rafale jets to steer a warning strike.
That warning strike could be the president’s determination to make use of an atomic weapon, one thing that French pilots wouldn’t take into account to be trivial.
#Poker 4 fois par an, l’armée de l’Air et de l’Espace mène un raid de plusieurs dizaines d’avions, reproduisant, sur le territoire nationwide, un raid nucléaire. Il s’agit de l’opération Poker ! pic.twitter.com/4eCBpGoIHY
— Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace (@Armee_de_lair) April 7, 2021