M4 (missile)

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M4 SLBM
Type SLBM
Service history
In service 1985
Production history
Manufacturer EADS SPACE Transportation
Specifications
Weight 36,000 kg (79,000 lb)
Length 11.5 m (38 ft)
Diameter 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Warhead 6 × TN 71 MIRV, with penetration aids
Blast yield 6 × 150 kt (630 TJ)

Engine Three stage Solid-fuel rocket
Operational
range
5,000 km (3,100 mi)
Guidance
system
Inertial
Launch
platform
Redoutable-class submarines

The M4 was a French submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) deployed on the nuclear Redoutable-class submarines (except the Redoutable herself, which was not refitted).[1]

They entered service on May 1, 1985. They were the first French MIRV-capable nuclear missiles, with six 150 kilotonne warheads.[1]

They were replaced by the improved M45 SLBM missile which is currently in active service aboard the Triomphant-class submarine.[1]

Operators

 France

References

  1. ^ a b c "M-4 / M-45 - France Nuclear Forces". Federation of American Scientists. 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 


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