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Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)

France (1959)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 4/8/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)  
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Though retired in 2000, the Breguet Alize became an important anti-submarine warfare platform aboard French aircraft carriers during the Cold War.

The Breguet Br.1050 "Alize" (meaning "tradewind") was a French production aircraft suitable for carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics. The system was fielded in limited quantity throughout the Cold War and proved itself a capable performer, appearing on major French aircraft carriers of the time. India became the only other operator of the system, accounting for 12 such examples with the French Navy maintaining no fewer than 70 of their own on sea-based and land-based operations.

The Br.1050 is a most distinct-looking aircraft, particularly in the design of the nose assembly. A crew of three monitors the various systems aboard the craft and the system sits low to the ground when at rest. The wings are designed to be carrier-friendly and expectantly fold up for better storage. Power is supplied by a single piston engine of Rolls-Royce brand delivering some 2,100 horsepower.

Initially a Breguet design known as the Br.960 "Vultur" and designed as a conventional strike aircraft, the Br.960 grew into the Br.965 as French Navy requirements changed. The resulting Br.965 later became the definitive anti-submarine warfare system designated as the Br.1050. The Br.1050 offered up exceptional range at some 1,785 miles while being able to carry combined armaments of depth charges, air-to-surface torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles, making the Alize a potent and lethal ship-borne element to the French fleet.

Any available statistics for the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) Specifications
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Year: 1959
Type: Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Breguet - France
Production: 89
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 3
Length: 45.51 ft (13.87 m)
Width: 51.18 ft (15.60 m)
Height: 16.40 ft (5.00 m)
Empty Weight: 12,566 lb (5,700 kg)
MTOW: 18,078 lb (8,200 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 turboprop engine delivering 1,565 horsepower.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 322 mph (518 kph; 280 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,553 mi (2,500 km; 1,350 nm)
Service Ceiling: 26,247 ft (8,000 m; 4.97 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,380 ft/min (421 m/min)

1 x Torpedo OR 3 x Depth Charges in internal bomb bay.
2 x Depth Charges underwing
6 x Rocket Pods OR 2 x Anti-Ship missiles underwing.

Operators List
France; India

Series Model Variants
• Br.1050 "Alize" - Base Series Designation

Supported Weapon Systems
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