The Super Étendard is a French carrier-borne strike fighter which entered service with the French Navy in 1978 and was first used in combat by Argentina during the Falklands War. It is now coming to the end of its operational life with the French Navy and is due to be replaced by the Rafale M by 2015.
Most of the surviving aircraft were upgraded to Super Étendard Modernisé (SEM) standard enabling them to perform a reconnaissance role. This resulted in the retirement of the dedicated Étendard IVP. The Super Étendard Modernise will come from 17F at Landivisiau.