|This article does not cite any references or sources. (November 2008)|
|Manufacturer||Aerospatiale (1996-2000) now EADS SPACE Transportation|
|Warhead||6 x 110 kt TN 75|
|Engine||3-stage Solid-fuel rocket|
|Inertial plus computer payload control|
|Triomphant class submarines|
The M45 SLBM is the current standard French Navy's submarine-launched ballistic missile (In French terminology, the MSBS - Mer-Sol-Ballistique-Stratégique (Sea-ground-Strategic ballistic missile).) Forty-eight M45 are in commission in the Force océanique stratégique, the submarine nuclear deterrent component of the French Navy.
The missiles, derived from the M4, are produced by Aérospatiale (now EADS SPACE Transportation). Initially, an ICBM land-based version was considered but these plans were discarded in 1996 to favour an all-naval deployment.
The M45 differs from its predecessor by its increased range (6,000 km vs. 4,000 km), its increased accuracy and penetration capabilities and its new TN-75 warheads. Each missile carries six MIRVs, each armed with a thermonuclear warhead of 110 kt.
In March 1986, a M-4 missile was launched and covered 6,000 km to its target; this flight is rumoured to have been the first test flight for the M-45.
|This article related to nuclear weaponry is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This France-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This guided missile-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|