Avord Air Base (ICAO: LFOA) or BA 702 (French: Base Aérienne 702
Capitaine Georges Madon), named after Captain Georges Madon, is a base
French Air Force
French Air Force located 2.8 km (1.7 mi) north
Avord in central France.
Airbase 702 hosts about 2,500 personnel (
French Air Force
French Air Force military and
some civilian). Because of its strategic location in the middle of
France it is extremely suitable as a multi purpose base. It has a
single runway 06/24, 3,503 m × 45 m (11,493 ft
× 148 ft).
Units on the base
The French Boeing E-3F AWACS unit is located here in the 00.036
Airborne Warning Control Sqn 'Berry' Escadron de détection et
contrôle aéroportés (EDCA). Its role is to carry out airborne
surveillance, and command, control and communications (C3) functions
for both tactical and air defense forces. The French designation is
E-3 SDA (Systeme de Detection Aeroporté). Additional units attached:
mission support flight, training flight, technical flight support and
The base perimeter contains some maximum-security zones with:
Special Ammuniations Storage (SAS) or dépôt atelier munitions
spécialisées (DAMS). Storage of appx. 60 of FAF's stockpile of
Air-Sol Moyenne Portée
Air-Sol Moyenne Portée ASMP nuclear midrange air ground missiles.
2 hardened alert facilities. One is hosting 4
Mirage 2000 N planes,
normally home based at
Istres Air Base
Istres Air Base BA125 or at Luxeuil Air Base
BA116. These planes are detached here on a rotating cyclus to comply
to the French nuclear deterrence mission. The other facility hosts
E-3F airplanes and KC135 tankers, normally home based at Istres, but
Avord AB to be used with some AWACS and strike missions.
Other support units:
00.319 transport flight school.
technical maintenance depot.
entrepôt de munition de l'armée de l'air Savigny-en-Septaine, a
conventional ammo storage unit.
1H.702 firefighting/rescue and nuclear decontamination unit.
12.802 strategic telecom unit.
02.950 air defense sqn (escadron de défense sol-air) Sancerre
equipped with the
MBDA Mistral short range air defense
1G.702 security squadron (escadron de protection)Fusiliers Commandos
de l'Air responsible for security and base protection.
^ a b LFOA - AVORD
Official site Base Aérienne 702 Capitaine
Georges Madon (French)
00.036 Berry (French)
Le CASSIC- the EWF (French)
Current weather for LFOA