France carries out the first test of a new missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead


The French armed forces could deploy a new generation of air-launched cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
Details are still limited, but the French military has confirmed that with missile specialist MBDA and aircraft manufacturer Dassault, the first launch test of the advanced version of the new air-launched cruise nuclear missile ASMPA (Air-missile) Ground Medium Span Improved).

The Ministry of the Armed Forces has revealed that it has carried out a first test firing test of an updated ASMPA cruise missile from a Rafale M fighter of the French Navy.


The Alliance for Missile Defense Advocacy reported that the test fires were supported by the French Navy and French Air and Space Forces. Throughout the flight phase, the missile was monitored by the DGA Missile Tests in Biscarosse, Hourtin and Quimper, with the participation of the DGA Flight Tests.

According to MBDA, the ASMPA is intended to replace the ASMP (strategic nuclear missile and ultimate deterrent to air launch, intended to be deployed by the French strategic air forces and able to be transported under the Mirage 2000N and the Rafale).

Also indicates that a new missile is capable of carrying a thermo-nuclear charge of medium energy.


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