Air Tattoo Welcomes Delta Force
Published: 23 Apr 2015
The Royal International Air Tattoo will this summer host the British airshow debut of one of the most spectacular fast jet displays on the European circuit: the French Air Force's Ramex Delta team of two Dassault Mirage 2000N strike aircraft.
Ramex Delta provides a dramatic and noisy role demonstration of this outstanding combat aircraft, including various tactical manoeuvres along the lines of those used in combat. The Mirage 2000N is the nuclear strike variant of the type, which also serves as an air defence fighter and a conventional strike platform. It forms part of the backbone of France's Forces Aériennes Stratégiques (Strategic Air Forces), and is capable of delivering the French ASMP medium-range air-to-surface nuclear cruise missile, as well as conventional stores, in all weathers by day or night.
Last demonstrated in a solo display at the Air Tattoo in 2006, the delta-winged Mirage 2000 entered French Air Force service in fighter form during 1982. It remains a highly manoeuvrable and effective combat aircraft, and has seen extensive operational use in its different variants, not least over Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya.
The Ramex Delta team hails from one of the world's most famous military aviation units: the famous 'Escadrille Lafayette'. It was formed in 1916 as part of the then French air arm, and consisted primarily at that time of American volunteer pilots. The name comes from the Marquis de Lafayette, a key figure in the French Revolution and the American Revolutionary War. Today the name is assigned to French Air Force unit Escadron de Chasse 2/4, based at Istres near Marseille.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said: "It is always a pleasure to welcome new display acts to the show, and I know many visitors to RIAT 2015 will be looking forward immensely to seeing Ramex Delta in action."