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Ministère des Armées

Communiqué_First launch of the renovated ASMPA strategic missile

Ministère des Armées


Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, expresses her great satisfaction after the success, on December 9, 2020, of the first firing of the renovated strategic air-to-ground medium-range missile (ASMPA).
She sends her warm congratulations to all the staff of the Ministry of the Armed Forces and of the MBDA and Dassault Aviation companies who have contributed to its success.

The missile, developed by MBDA, was fired from a Dassault Aviation Rafale, as part of a program under the supervision of the DGA, which took off from 120 air base in Cazaux. Throughout its flight phase, the missile was monitored by DGA Missile Tests at Biscarosse, Hourtin and Quimper, with the participation of DGA Flight Tests.

This success marks the entry into the qualification phase of the renovated ASMPA missile, a prerequisite before its entry into service in the Strategic Air Forces (FAS) of the Air and Space Army and in the Nuclear Naval Air Force ( FANU) of the French Navy. This armament program responds to the will of the President of the Republic who has undertaken "to take the decisions necessary to maintain their operational credibility over time, at the level of strict sufficiency required by the international environment".


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