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In France, Rafale tested an MBDA ASMPA cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead

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In France, Rafale tested an MBDA ASMPA cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead

It became known about the holding in France aviation tests of a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. According to the latest data, we are talking about an upgraded version of the MBDA ASMPA cruise missile.


Testing this weapons were carried out from the Rafale fighter of the French Air Force.

Several observation centers were used to monitor the trials, including a center in Biscarosse (Aquitaine, southwestern France).

For the first time, French fighters received supersonic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in 2009. In 2010, they began to be equipped with aircraft of the French Navy.

Rafale fighters are currently receiving F3 cruise missiles. They (in comparison with their predecessor missiles) have a higher speed and increased radius of destruction. Also, the missiles received new control systems.

France notes that the tests carried out on the upgraded MBDA ASMPA are completing the complex of work on detailed design and obtaining a special license for the operation of the updated aircraft weapons. At the same time, it is noted that in a few years these missiles will be replaced with other missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead - ASN4G.

Particular attention was paid to this news in India, in whose arsenal there are Rafale fighters. Indian experts believe that it is necessary to create their own versions of air-launched missiles with nuclear warheads. This would increase the capabilities of India's nuclear forces.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 8 January 2021 07: 19
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    Particular attention was paid to this news in India, in whose arsenal there are Rafale fighters. Indian experts believe that it is necessary to create their own versions of air-launched missiles with nuclear warheads
    They noticed, wow, but the fact that on the Su-27/30 such a missile was still devils when it was possible to cook it up, they could not guess before the French? This is not a "breakthrough" for the price of Arjun tinkering for decades.
    1. Machito
      Machito 8 January 2021 07: 24
      +2
      Now the Indians will bargain for five years, then demand production technology for another five years.
      1. marchcat
        marchcat 8 January 2021 08: 09
        +1
        And in the end they will buy from the French, at an inflated price.
    2. Bad_gr
      Bad_gr 8 January 2021 12: 47
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      They paid attention, wow, but the fact that on the Su-27/30 such a missile was still devils when it was possible to cook

      Moreover, the rocket suitable for this case is BRAHMOS-A.

      Rocket Launch Weight:
      Airborne - 2500 kg
      Warhead: Penetrating
      warhead weight - 200-450 kg
      Firing range:
      along a combined trajectory of 300 km

      The nuclear charge, as a rule, will be lighter, which means it will be possible to increase the range
    3. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 8 January 2021 17: 48
      0
      However, it is not even in the Russian Federation.
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 9 January 2021 00: 27
        +2
        Quote: Zaurbek
        However, it is not even in the Russian Federation.

        And we don't really need it: we have large aircraft (Tu-95, Tu-22, Tu-160), which are able to carry larger missiles (such as X-102), which have more capabilities, than the one that Rafale can lift.
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 8 January 2021 07: 21
    -1
    If only the Germans did not muddle anything like that, although if anything, the Americans would hang them in Ramstein. hi
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 8 January 2021 08: 14
    +1
    The French, too, as we can see, do not sit idly by, but create weapons, which can be an unpleasant surprise for us too, if such missiles appear in the export version.
    1. bessmertniy
      bessmertniy 8 January 2021 09: 10
      +1
      The French are unreliable suppliers. This has already been proven by helicopter carriers, which they built and did not supply. negative
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 8 January 2021 17: 49
        0
        They also imposed sanctions against Israel ...
    2. venik
      venik 8 January 2021 14: 38
      0
      Quote: Thrifty
      The French, too, as we can see, do not sit idly by, but create weapons, which can be an unpleasant surprise for us too, if such missiles appear in the export version.

      =========
      Well, as for the MBDA ASMPA. - then here we are not particularly surprised - we have something better ... But hypersonic ASN4G with a thermonuclear warhead (which they plan to adopt in the next 2-3 years) - yes! This will be MORE SEVERE!
  4. orionvitt
    orionvitt 8 January 2021 10: 41
    +2
    Ukhty-akhty. Fifty years old news. Wow, the nuclear power has finally learned to hook warheads to fighter-bombers. What the hell?
    1. Bad_gr
      Bad_gr 8 January 2021 12: 54
      +1
      Quote: orionvitt
      Wow, the nuclear power has finally learned to hook warheads to fighter-bombers.

      It is being written about the modernization of this type of missile. That is, they improved the existing ones, added ranges to her, perhaps she learned how to make anti-missile maneuvers, making it difficult to defeat her, etc.
  5. Cyril G ...
    Cyril G ... 8 January 2021 10: 55
    -1
    What are some enchanting groove beaks. What prevents them from modifying Brahmos, which carries the Su-30mki, for these purposes? Brahmos will do better.
  6. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 8 January 2021 12: 06
    +3
    When Rafal is shown
    I am always belittled by the UNCLEANING fuel bar in front of
    cockpit. The pilot constantly sees her, like a rhinoceros his horn! laughing
    Such an "anti-stealth" ephel tower.
    But French engineers are like that: if they made a mistake, then forever.
    1. grandfather_Kostya
      grandfather_Kostya 8 January 2021 13: 14
      +1
      I am always belittled by a UNCLEANING refueling bar

      Here, everyone decides for himself what is better: to leave a simple light structure, sacrificing air resistance and radio signature, or to complicate and make the mechanism heavier and still take precious space under the casing.
    2. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 8 January 2021 13: 50
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      The pilot constantly sees her, like a rhinoceros his horn!
      This is for intimidation and also helps to direct the rocket! Away! laughing
      1. Arthur 85
        Arthur 85 9 January 2021 18: 37
        +1
        And you can ram the enemy! And if you put a reverse pump, you can burn enemies with a jet of kerosene!
  7. venik
    venik 8 January 2021 14: 07
    0
    "..At the same time, it is noted that in a few years these missiles will be replaced by other missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead - ASN4G... .... "
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    At the same time, ASN4G must have hypersonic livestock (M 7-8), the range significantly exceeding 1000 km and the TNBCH of 300 kt ...
    It will be very funny if even the French overtake the "proud Yankes" in a hypersonic race! laughing
    1. venik
      venik 8 January 2021 14: 42
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      Quote: venik
      It will be very funny if even the French overtake the "proud Yankes" in a hypersonic race!

      =======
      In addition: We need to think about something! And "Dagger" special ammunition equip and craft the aircraft version of the Zircon. The enemy does not stand still!
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 8 January 2021 17: 50
        0
        Everything is already invented there
        1. venik
          venik 8 January 2021 20: 23
          0
          Quote: Zaurbek
          Everything is already invented there

          ==========
          Where is there? Have you heard of the aircraft version of the Zircon? Me not!
  8. Old26
    Old26 8 January 2021 15: 26
    +2
    Quote: Bad_gr
    Warhead: Penetrating
    warhead weight - 200-450 kg
    Firing range:
    along a combined trajectory of 300 km

    The nuclear charge, as a rule, will be lighter, which means it will be possible to increase the range

    I do not know where you found the data that the 3M55 warhead weighs 450 kg. Usually we were always talking about figures of 200-250 kg. Which roughly corresponds to the weight of a nuclear charge on a CD. They now have a range of more than 400 km, and some modifications of the Brahmos are already planned for up to 800 km.

    Quote: bessmertniy
    The French are unreliable suppliers. This has already been proven by helicopter carriers, which they built and did not supply. negative

    For some reason, many people buy from these "unreliable" ones. One should not consider a situation that has a political background (we are talking about Mistrals) with the real situation in the supply of their equipment by the French to other countries.

    Quote: Cyril G ...
    What are some enchanting groove beaks. What prevents them from modifying Brahmos, which carries the Su-30mki, for these purposes? Brahmos will do better.

    French, in principle, with parameters comparable to "Brahmos" has almost 3 times less weight. This means that it can be used on various types of aircraft ...
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 8 January 2021 17: 51
      0
      And how can YABC fit into a 152mm projectile?