Role Anti-submarine aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Bréguet Aviation
First flight 21 October 1961
Status Active service
Primary users French Navy / German Navy
Italian Air Force / Royal Netherlands Navy
Number built 87 Atlantique 1 / 28 Atlantique 2
Designed in response to a 1958 NATO specification as a replacement for the Lockheed P2V Neptune, Breguet’s submission was declared the winner over several competing bids. To produce the Atlantic, a multinational consortium, Société d’Étude et de Construction de Breguet Atlantic (SECBAT), was established. During 1963, an initial order for 60 Atlantics – 40 for France and 20 for Germany – was received. Follow-on orders from export customers followed shortly thereafter. It was first introduced to operational service during 1965.
The Atlantic has been operated by a number of countries, commonly performing maritime roles such as reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. The Atlantic is also capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions to perform ground-attack missions; a small number of aircraft were also equipped to perform ELINT operations. An updated version, the Atlantique 2 or ATL2, was produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Navy in the 1980s. A further improved model, the Atlantique 3, was proposed during the 1990s but ultimately unbuilt. Other operators of the Atlantic have included the German Navy, the Italian Air Force, the Pakistan Navy, and the Royal Netherlands Navy.
French Navy – Second generation Atlantique 2 in service.
German Navy – Received 20 Atlantics, with five converted to ELINT aircraft. Replaced all ASW aircraft by ex-Dutch P-3 Orion in 2005.
Italian Air Force – 18 aircraft flown by pilots from the Italian Air Force and Italian Navy.
Royal Netherlands Navy
You are definitely intrigued to discoverBréguet Br.1150 Atlantique 2 "1961"
The series’ first operators became the French and German navies who contracted for 40 and 20 Atlantics respectively through an initial batch order from Breguet in 1963. These airframes were delivered to customers beginning in 1965 and ended in 1968.
Updated variant, also known as the Atlantique Nouvelle Génération or ATL2
Capacity: 12 passengers or relief crew
Length: 31.62 m (103 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 37.42 m (122 ft 9 in) including wingtip pods
Height: 10.89 m (35 ft 9 in)
Empty weight: 25,700 kg (56,659 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 46,200 kg (101,854 lb)
Maximum speed: 648 km/h (403 mph, 350 kn)
Cruise speed: 315 km/h (196 mph, 170 kn) patrol speed
Stall speed: 167 km/h (104 mph, 90 kn) flaps down
Endurance: 18 hours
Service ceiling: 9,145 m (30,003 ft)
Rate of climb: 14.7 m/s (2,890 ft/min)
The Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic is a twin-engined, mid-winged monoplane with a "double-bubble" fuselage; the upper lobe comprising a pressurised crew compartment, and the lower lobe housing a 9 m (27 ft 6 in) long weapons bay, with sonobuoy tubes aft of the weapons bay. A radar scanner is housed in a retractable underfuselage radome, while a magnetic anomaly detector is housed in a tail boom.