Suc­cess­ful demon­stra­tion of an ASMP-A mis­sile launch


Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Min­is­ter of De­fense, ex­pressed his great sat­is­fac­tion af­ter the suc­cess­ful test launch of a nu­cle­arca­pable mis­sile with­out a nu­clear charge.

The Min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated all the women and men of the forces, the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ar­ma­ments (DGA), the Gen­darmerie Na­tionale and the com­pa­nies that have worked to­wards this new suc­cess of the French de­ter­rent.

On Fe­bru­ary 14, 2017, a Rafale-M sin­gle-seat fighter be­long­ing to the French Navy took off from Avord Air Base (BA 702) in Cen­tral France and com­pleted a flight of over four hours, dur­ing which it en­acted all the phases of an air­borne de­ter­rent mis­sion: long-dis­tance flight, suc­ces­sive aerial re­fu­ellings, low-al­ti­tude pen­e­tra­tion, ter­rain fol­low­ing and launch of a high-ac­cu­racy ASMP-A (Air-Sol Moyenne-Portée-Amélioré) mis­sile on a test area of the DGA’s Bis­car­rosse mis­sile test cen­tre.

This was the op­er­a­tional as­sess­ment fir­ing of the en­hanced Rafale/ASMP-A sys­tem, and is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a real nu­clear strike mis­sion car­ried out by the air­borne nu­clear com­po­nent.

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