FRENCH AIR FORCE RAMEX DELTA
The Ramex Delta tactical display, one of the French Air Force's numerous demonstration teams, flies two examples of the Dassault Mirage 2000N nuclear strike aircraft. First flown in 1978, the Mirage 2000 has been in service with the Armée de l'Air since the early 1980s, in fighter and conventional strike versions as well as the nuclear-capable 2000N, which forms part of the backbone of France's Forces Aériennes Stratégiques (Strategic Air Forces). Its main weapon in the nuclear strike role is the ASMP medium-range air-to-surface nuclear cruise missile, but the 2000N can also drop conventional weapons, by day or night and in all weathers. This version serves solely with France; other customers for the Mirage 2000 are Egypt, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar, the Republic of China and the UAE. The Ramex Delta team comes from Escadron de Chasse 2/4, the famous 'Escadrille Lafayette' of First World War fame.