France’s military procurement agency, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has taken delivery of the first Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft modified for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) duties.
The aircraft, registration F-ZACG, arrived on 6th of August in Evreux AB. The B350 will be operated by 1/54 Squadron”Dunkerque” (electronic warfare unit of the French Air Force) .
In service, the ALSR (ALSR, light surveillance/reconnaissance aircraft) King Airs will be flown by the Armée de l’Air (French air force) on a range of ISR tasks to support the Direction du Renseignement Militaire (military intelligence agency) and the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (external security agency).
They will complement the activities of other intelligence-gathering assets, including the Rafale fighter, Atlantique 2, and remotely-piloted air systems such as the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper.