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Atlantique Dassault
Maritime Patrol/
Anti-Submarine Plane

The Atlantic, or Atlantique in French, is a patrol aircraft designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) similar to the American P-3 Orion and the British Nimrod. The aircraft is also suitable to a number of other missions, including anti-ship, reconnaissance, air-sea rescue, fleet escort, transport, and mine warfare.

Production began in 1964 by the multinational consortium SECBAT involving Breguet (later Dassault) and Sud-Aviation (later Aerospatiale) in France; Fairey, FN, and SABCA in Belgium; Dornier in Germany; Fokker in the Netherlands; and later Aeritalia in Italy. In the late 1970s, the French Navy developed an improved Atlantique 2 with much improved radar and other avionics.

The Atlantic had originally been intended for use throughout NATO and customers for the original model included France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Pakistan. The Dutch Atlantics were quickly phased out following several accidents and Germany has since retired its fleet except for a handful converted to electronics intelligence duties. Italy and Pakistan continue to operate the original Atlantic while France flies the Atlantique 2.

Data below for Atlantique ATL 2
Last modified 13 February 2011

First Flight (ATL 1) 21 October 1961
(ATL 2) 8 May 1981
Service Entry

July 1965

CREW: twelve: pilot, co-pilot, ten systems operators



Wing Root unknown
Wing Tip unknown

Length 110.33 ft (33.63 m)
Wingspan 122.77 ft (37.42 m)
Height 35.70 ft (10.89 m)
Wing Area 1,289 ft² (120.0 m²)
Canard Area

not applicable

Empty 56,659 lb (25,700 kg)
Normal Takeoff 92,200 lb (45,000 kg)
Max Takeoff 101,850 lb (46,200 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: unknown
external: unknown
Max Payload


Powerplant two Rolls-Royce Tyne Mk 21 turboprops
Thrust 6,100 shp (4,549 kW)

Max Level Speed at altitude: 410 mph (660 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,095 m)
at sea level: 370 mph (590 km/h)
Initial Climb Rate 2,900 ft (884 m) / min
Service Ceiling 30,000 ft (9,145 m)
Range typical: unknown
ferry: 4,865 nm (9,000 km)
g-Limits unknown

Gun none
Stations 1 internal weapons bay, 4 external hardpoints, and 2 wingtip rails
Air-to-Air Missile up to four Matra Magic
Air-to-Surface Missile up to two AM39 Exocet or AS37 Martel, up to four Armat ARM
Bomb up to six conventional bombs
Other up to eight depth charges, up to eight torpedoes, various equipment pods, sonobouys, rocket pods

Atlantic First production model; 87 built between 1964 and 1974
Atlantic ANG Atlantic Nouvelle Generation, original designation for ATL 2
Atlantique ATL 2 Improved ASW platform with strengthened airframe, new radar, ESM receiver, and magnetic anomaly detector (MAD); France ordered 42 to be built between 1989 and 2001
Atlantique ATL 3

Improved model, details unknown


KNOWN OPERATORS: France, Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Air Arm) - 37 ATL 1, 42 ATL 2
Germany, Deutsche Marineflieger (German Naval Air Arm) - 20
Italy, Marina Militare (Italian Navy Aviation) - 18
Netherlands, Koninklijke Luchmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force) - 9
Pakistan (Pakistani Navy Aviation Force) - 3



  • Bishop, Chris, ed. The Encyclopedia of Modern Military Weapons: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Weapon Systems from 1945 to the Present Day. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1999, p. 367-368.
  • Dassault site
  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 310-311.
  • Munro, Bob and Chant, Christopher. Jane's Combat Aircraft. Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 82-83.
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery
  • Winchester, Jim. Military Aircraft of the Cold War. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2006, p. 64-65, Dassault-Breguet Atlantic.

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