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French Air and Space Force receives 2nd Beechcraft King Air 350 Light Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aicraft


On December 2, the French Air and Space Force received its second Light Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aicraft (ALSR, Avion Léger de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance). This is the second of two ALSRs ordered in June 2016 by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) from the companies Sabena Technics and Thales.

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French Air and Space Forces receives 2nd Beechcraft King Air 350 Light Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aicraft 1 Second Beechcraft King Air 350 ALSR of the French Air and Space Force (Picture source: Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace)


The ALSR system is an Airborne Designation, Observation and Reconnaissance (VADOR) vector. It consists of a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 350 type aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art national intelligence resources. The new example of this system will strengthen French military intelligence resources. The ASLR is capable of performing intelligence missions with a small logistical footprint and high ease of deployment.

At the end of its experimentation by the Military Air Expertise Center, it will offer direct support to the forces in operations. It will be implemented from the Evreux air base by the Airborne Electronic Squadron, just like the first ALSR received on August 6, 2020.

As part of the defense component of the aeronautics support plan, the order for a third ALSR is scheduled for the end of the year, for delivery in 2023.


French Air and Space Forces receives 2nd Beechcraft King Air 350 Light Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aicraft 2 Second Beechcraft King Air 350 ALSR of the French Air and Space Force (Picture source: Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace)