Author Topic: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur  (Read 204 times)

Offline Jonesthetank

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Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« on: June 07, 2022, 02:30:46 AM »
For maritime surveillance operations around the French Pacific islands, the Aeronautique Navale had relied on SP-2H Neptunes for many years.  As these aircraft became time expired, a replacement was required, that needed to be cheap to obtain and easy to run.  Although several ideas were considered, the simple answer came from Aerospatiale.  Redundant Caravelle airliners were available in some numbers, had sufficient range and cabin capacity, and were easily adaptable to the intended role.  4 former Air France aircraft were obtained and refurbished.  A weather radar system was installed in an enlarged nose radome, while a modified CSF search radar system was installed in an under fuselage pod.  Crew stations were fitted in the main cabin, while some of the original seats were also retained, to allow the type to fulfil a secondary transport role.  As the main role of the new model was surveillance and SAR, no weapons were fitted, but a dinghy ejection tube was fitted in the rear fuselage, to allow inflatable lifeboats to be dropped.  In keeping with their new protective role, the aircraft were named as the Caravelle Protecteur.


Entering service with Escadrille 12S in 1978, the new Protecteurs quickly replaced the last Neptunes at Faa’a airport, Tahiti.  They proved a good choice for the role, serving diligently over French Polynesia until 1994, when they were honourably retired in favour of smaller Dassault Falcon 20 Gardians.

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 02:31:13 AM »
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All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Offline apophenia

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 09:48:09 AM »
Okay, this is starting to get a little spooky ...
"The trouble ... is that I am really doing it completely backward. Investigation is the only agenda I have. If people are asking for clarification, they will be out of luck." - William Gibson

Offline Jonesthetank

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2022, 04:13:19 PM »
Okay, this is starting to get a little spooky ...

Apologies for the duplication.  I had the MR Caravelle in mind for a while and had it almost done when you posted your version.  As I'd already done most of the profile and written the backstory, I decided to post it up anyway.

Great minds and all that??  :smiley:

Cheers

Mark

Offline apophenia

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2022, 07:34:04 AM »
I was just yankin' yer chain Mark  :D

One of the beauties of whif is that 'duplication' almost never is. Something new gets added to each interpretation  :smiley:

Having said that, it surprises me that so few RW Caravelle non-airliner derivatives appeared as the fleets aged out. The Swedish AF had one (avionics or sensors testbed?) but I can't think of many other re-roled Caravelles.
"The trouble ... is that I am really doing it completely backward. Investigation is the only agenda I have. If people are asking for clarification, they will be out of luck." - William Gibson

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2022, 02:27:29 AM »
 :smiley:

Would an ELINT spyplane version be the Provocateur:icon_fsm:
“Conspiracy theory’s got to be simple.
Sense doesn’t come into it. People are
more scared of how complicated shit
actually is than they ever are about
whatever’s supposed to be behind the
conspiracy.”
-The Peripheral, William Gibson 2014

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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2022, 02:30:02 AM »
Would an ELINT spyplane version be the Provocateur:icon_fsm:

 ;D ;D
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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2022, 02:07:29 PM »
Nice!
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Re: Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle Protecteur
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2022, 02:42:41 AM »
:smiley:

Would an ELINT spyplane version be the Provocateur:icon_fsm:

 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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