29 Nov '14, 9pm

France Studies Nuclear Missile Replacement

France Studies Nuclear Missile Replacement

PARIS — France has launched studies for an airborne nuclear-tipped missile to replace the current weapon, with the focus on stealth and hypersonic technology on the next-generation atomic arms, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The Air Force flies the Dassault Mirage 2000N and Rafale F3 fighters armed with the air-sol moyenne portée-améliorée (ASMP-A) nuclear missile, respectively on the Gascogne and La Fayette squadrons. These are the airborne systems in addition to the four ballistic nuclear missile submarines. “The studies for the successor to the ASMP-A missile, dubbed ASN4G, have already begun,” Le Drian told a high-level conference on the French nuclear deterrent on Nov. 20. ASN4G is understood to refer to air-sol nucléaire fourth-generation, an industry executive said. The sensitivity of the deterrent was such that the conference organizer showed an extended...

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