RAF Atlas dropping supplies to paratroopers in Morocco
Paratroopers from the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, better known as 2 Para, are deployed on Exercise Jebel Sahara in Morocco (Picture: RAF).
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RAF Atlas makes aircraft's longest-range airdrop in Morocco

RAF Atlas dropping supplies to paratroopers in Morocco
Paratroopers from the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, better known as 2 Para, are deployed on Exercise Jebel Sahara in Morocco (Picture: RAF).

A Royal Air Force Atlas aircraft has flown to Morocco to parachute essential supplies to paratroopers training in the country.

The flight was the longest-range airdrop performed by an RAF Atlas, with the aircraft flying three hours, and 1,400 miles, from RAF Brize Norton to drop multiple packages near Marrakech.

Paratroopers from the British Army's 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, better known as 2 Para, are deployed on Exercise Jebel Sahara.

The exercise has seen 2 Para working alongside troops from 2e Brigade d'Infanterie Parachutiste in Morocco.

Included in the supplies were a quad bike, vehicle trailer and rations vital for the paratroopers to keep working alongside their Moroccan counterparts.

View from an RAF Atlas as it drops supplies to Paratroopers in Morocco
View from an RAF Atlas as it drops supplies to Paratroopers in Morocco (Picture: RAF).

The cargo was prepared and deployed by soldiers from 47 Air Despatch Squadron.

Corporal Williams was in charge of the preparation and deployment and said: "47 Air Despatch has airdropped supplies around the world, from Alaska to Antarctica.

"The loads are always different – it could be pallets of jerry cans or a single large boat.

"It's a challenging job and we work hard to find the best solution for each load to reach the troops on the ground efficiently."

Paratroopers on a quad bike in Morocco
A quad bike, vehicle trailer and rations were included in the supplies dropped in Morroco (Picture: RAF).

The large and agile Atlas was operated by pilots and load masters from 30 and LXX Squadrons, based RAF Brize Norton. 

The co-pilot, Flight Lieutenant Kay, said it was "the first long-range insertion of CDS by Atlas, showing the aircraft's reach and speed", and its "capability to deliver large and heavy cargo to a precise coordinate without landing."

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"We can deliver wherever help is needed, such as humanitarian aid, flood relief, or in this case, military resupply."

"Sometimes to deliver by road or sea would take too long or is just not possible, and Atlas has the ability to deliver over long distances, quickly and with precision."