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|Manufacturer||Aerospatiale (1996-2000) now EADS SPACE Transportation|
|Length||11.05 m (36.3 ft)|
|Diameter||1.93 m (6.3 ft)|
|Warhead||6 x 110 kt TN 75|
|Engine||3-stage Solid-fuel rocket|
|6,000 km (3,700 mi)|
|Inertial plus computer payload control|
The M45 SLBM is a French Navy 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.[needs update] The missiles, derived from the M4, were 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.The M45 has a reported accuracy of 350 m CEP using an inertial missile guidance system coupled with computer payload control. It will be succeeded by the M51 SLBM.
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.
- M51 (missile)
- R-29 Vysota
- R-29RM Shtil
- R-29RMU Sineva
- R-29RMU2 Layner
- RSM-56 Bulava
- UGM-133 Trident II
- K Missile family
- R-39 Rif
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