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    French Nuclear weapons (Force de dissuasion):

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:57 pm

    France Completes World's First Vertical Strike Of Laser-Guided AASM
    By PIERRE TRAN
    Published: 9 Jul 2010 08:52


    PARIS - France claimed a world-first vertical strike of a laser-guided AASM smart munition on July 9.

    "The Direction Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) completed successfully Thursday June 17 2010 the first firing of an modular air to ground weapon (armament air sol modulaire - AASM) in a laser version at its Biscarosse site," the procurement office said in a statement. "This firing of a laser guided munition with a vertical impact constitutes a world first," the DGA said.

    The firing was part of a feasibility study awarded to Safran group's Sagem in 2008.

    A Rafale strike fighter flying from the DGA test flight center fired the laser guided AASM out at sea at a height of 13,000 ft and 25 km from the target at the Biscarosse missile test center. The target, made up of concrete blocks, was designated by a ground laser placed a few hundred meters away. A GPS reading had been entered which deliberately gave coordinates several tens of meters away from the target, to see whether the laser guidance would correct the targeting.

    A vertical strike is intended to reduce damage and deaths in urban use, the DGA said. This version is also intended to be use against moving targets at sea or on ground.

    A laser version of the AASM follows the initial GPS/inertial-guided AASM propelled bomb, and an infrared model is currently undergoing operational and technical tests.

    Tests of the laser AASM will continue in the year.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4702008&c=EUR&s=AIR
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    France launches M51 ballistic missile

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:16 am

    4th test of the M51, second from the submarine Le Terrible



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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:48 am

    A valid M51 missile weapon system for the submarine The Terrible

    AFP | 10.07.10 | 12:21
    A shot of the new M51 nuclear missile carried Saturday from the Terrible allowed the validation of this weapon system nuclear submarine ballistic missile ( SSBN ) which will be commissioned in 2010, announcement in a statement the Department of Defense . Herve Morin , Minister of Defence, expressed his great satisfaction after the success of the launch of a strategic missile SSBN M51 performed as still no nuclear warhead , " the statement said. " This test validates the ability to make a terrible shooting conditions operational , it was done in strict compliance with commitments France's international , "the Ministry of Defence. The missile was fired Saturday at 9:32 from the Bay Audierne ( Brittany ), south of the tip Penmarc'h . The fallout area is at central North Atlantic , hundreds of miles from any coast . The flight of the M51 was followed by techniques Branch Armaments Biscarosse and Quimper , and by Monge , building and testing measures responsible for monitoring the test off . air and maritime areas had been temporarily reserved for this test. The Terrible had made his first shot of M51 on January 27 after three firings from land-based facilities in 2006 , 2007 and 2008 . The missile - sea- land - strategic ballistic missile submarines is designed for new generation, starting with the Terrible, launched in March 2008, and who will 16 copies .

    http://www.lemonde.fr/depeches/2010/07/10/un-tir-de-missile-m51-valide-le-systeme-d-arme-du-sous-marin-le-terrible_3244_108_42940884.html

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    Successful Test Firing for M51 SLBM

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    Re: French Nuclear weapons (Force de dissuasion):

    Post  max steel on Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:42 pm

    France has a few (~100) "tactical" warheads carried by ASMP-A supersonic cruise missiles. These very interesting weapons (with a max yield of 300 kT) could be used, according to French doctrine, to fire warning shots to an advancing enemy army.


    Both the ASMP-A and the Kh-31 are supersonic, ramjet-powered, missiles that can be launched by tactical aircraft. The difference is that the ASMP-A is heavier and only available with a nuclear warhead.


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    Re: French Nuclear weapons (Force de dissuasion):

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:50 am

    The cost of the modernization of the French nuclear forces is estimated at 50 billion euros

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1831689.html


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    Post  max steel on Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:13 pm

    Le Triomphant SSBN / M51 Weapons System Validated In Operational Conditions

    Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his satisfaction today after the successful launch of an M51 strategic ballistic missile by the nuclear-powered missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant this morning at 9:18 a.m. from the Bay of Audierne, in Finistère county.

    He extends his warmest congratulations to all the women and men of the Ministry of Defence, the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) and the companies who contributed to its success.

    The missile was monitored throughout its flight phase from the test center of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), including the test and telemetry ship “Monge”.

    The impact zone is located in the North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers from the nearest coast. As always, this test was conducted without a nuclear warhead and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments.

    This firing validates the operational capacity of the overall Le Triomphant weapon system, and again demonstrates the excellence in high technology that French industries are implementing in this area.

    The M51 missile today is fitted to three of the four next-generation missile-launching nuclear-powered submarines (SSBN-NG).

    The conversion of the entire Force Stratégique Océanique to this new missile is expected by the end of the decade.
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    Re: French Nuclear weapons (Force de dissuasion):

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:59 am

    New details about the French nuclear forces

    As the Le Mamouth blog writes in the Dissuasion: from the administration of the French president in connection with the visit of the head of state to the nuclear-powered submarine with ballistic missiles S 619 Le Terrible (type Triomphant) has already become a tradition to include in the press distribution materials include some interesting figures. Thus, it became known that the visit was provided by 260 marines (almost 10% of the total number of the Marines and Force Maritime Forces fusiliers marins et commandos (FORFUSCO)) and 120 gendarmerie servicemen.

    It was reported that the air component of the French nuclear deterrent forces includes "50" fighters Dassault Rafale and Mirage 2000NK3, and this figure is usually not disclosed, but now it has become known to the uninitiated in this closed kitchen. Knowledge of the number of Mirage 2000NK3 fighters in operation (the total number of aircraft of this modification at the end of December 2016 was 29 units - bmpd) makes it possible to calculate the number of Rafale fighters from 1/4 Gascogne squadron involved in nuclear deterrence tasks. However, it should be recalled that these aircraft are also involved in the implementation of air defense and the conduct of operations against IG in the Middle East and against Al Qaeda in Africa. This is the most multifunctional and least expensive component of the French nuclear forces.

    It also became known that in the French Navy, the SSBN made almost 500 combat services in 1972 (now one of the boats is on the 492nd combat service). Also, the fact that from the autumn on the French SSBNB will be served by women has been confirmed.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2712318.html


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