French Navy SSBN ‘Le Téméraire’ Test Fired M51 SLBM In Operational Conditions

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The French Ministry of Armed Forces announced that the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) "Le Téméraire" successfully test launched an M51 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in operational conditions on June 12.




The firing took place off Britany in Western France. The M51 SLBM was tracked throughout its flight phase by radars and by the missile range instrumentation ship Monge (A601). The fallout zone was located in the North Atlantic several hundred of kilometers from any coast.
According to an official statement: This test was carried out without nuclear warhead and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments. This firing validates the operational capacity of the SSBN Le Téméraire’s global weapon system and once again demonstrates the high-tech excellence that French industries are implementing in this area.

The fallout zones for the M51 missile, launched today from the Le Téméraire submarine in Audierne Bay. The range on the ground is less than 6000 km. The impact zone is 650 km from the coasts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Note that a Dassault Falcon 50MS (FNY5015) from the French Navy and a RC-135S (ZIGGY11) from the US Air Force patrolled near the impact area at the time of the test.

Earlier this week, French ship spotters saw the SSBN heading out at sea fitted with telemetry masts. According to our information, the forward mast (on the submarine’s sail) is used to measure or observe the missile once it is out of the water. Things like: how the missile breaks the water surface, how and when the engines kick in etc. The aft mast is used to measure and observe things happening underwater (such as the SLBM exiting the silo).


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Le Téméraire is the second ship of a class of four SSBNs but is the final submarine of its class to get the M51 SLBM upgrade. It was previously fitted with the older generation of missile: the M45. Le Téméraire came out of an extensive mid-life upgrade by Naval Group in 2018. The M51 SLBM is now fitted aboard all SSBNs of the French Navy.

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The French Ministry of Armed Forces announced that the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) "Le Téméraire" successfully test launched an M51 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in operational conditions on June 12.




The firing took place off Britany in Western France. The M51 SLBM was tracked throughout its flight phase by radars and by the missile range instrumentation ship Monge (A601). The fallout zone was located in the North Atlantic several hundred of kilometers from any coast.
According to an official statement: This test was carried out without nuclear warhead and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments. This firing validates the operational capacity of the SSBN Le Téméraire’s global weapon system and once again demonstrates the high-tech excellence that French industries are implementing in this area.

The fallout zones for the M51 missile, launched today from the Le Téméraire submarine in Audierne Bay. The range on the ground is less than 6000 km. The impact zone is 650 km from the coasts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Note that a Dassault Falcon 50MS (FNY5015) from the French Navy and a RC-135S (ZIGGY11) from the US Air Force patrolled near the impact area at the time of the test.

Earlier this week, French ship spotters saw the SSBN heading out at sea fitted with telemetry masts. According to our information, the forward mast (on the submarine’s sail) is used to measure or observe the missile once it is out of the water. Things like: how the missile breaks the water surface, how and when the engines kick in etc. The aft mast is used to measure and observe things happening underwater (such as the SLBM exiting the silo).


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Le Téméraire is the second ship of a class of four SSBNs but is the final submarine of its class to get the M51 SLBM upgrade. It was previously fitted with the older generation of missile: the M45. Le Téméraire came out of an extensive mid-life upgrade by Naval Group in 2018. The M51 SLBM is now fitted aboard all SSBNs of the French Navy.

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That was the good news :)

The bad news is that we may have trouble to repair one of our 5 remaining SSN after a very serious fire :sad:


A fire that raged for 14 hours on one of France's nuclear-powered attack submarines did not lead to an atomic accident as steps were taken to protect its reactor, the defence minister said Saturday.
The submarine was under renovation in the southern base of Toulon when the blaze broke out at about 10:30 am (0830 GMT) on Friday in a hard-to-access part of the lower bow section, the navy said.
It then took around 100 firefighters and 150 support crew to put out the blaze by around midnight (2200 GMT Friday), the navy said in a statement.
"There was a fire, but no, there was not a nuclear accident," Defence Minister Florence Parly said.

Parly added that during the fire "measures were taken in the rear area to protect the nuclear reactor compartment".
The navy said earlier there were no casualties and no risk of radiation because the nuclear fuel had been removed during the renovation of La Perle (The Pearl), one of France's six nuclear attack submarines.
The extent of the damage -- and what started the fire -- were not immediately clear but an official with the Naval Group repair centre called the incident "serious."
The regional authorities said that pollution and radioactivity tests carried out by independent experts had not found anything out of the ordinary.
But French nuclear watchdog association CRIIRAD said that a nearby measurement found that radioactivity levels had oscillated at low levels for a few hours in the days leading up to the fire.
The NGO said the "troubling" phenomenon "could have several explanations," but that it did "raise questions".
Parly responded by saying that "a natural radioactive element was emitted in infinitesimal quantities before the fire," adding that it showed that "we have an extremely sensitive and effective detection system".
Parly said a damage analysis would determine whether the vessel can be repaired, adding that it was lucky that almost all of the sub's equipment was not on board.
A judicial investigation and technical probe have been launched.
The submarine, which entered service in 1993, docked at Toulon in January for 18 months of renovation work that was to keep it operational until the end of the decade.
The vessel, which can dive to 300 metres (985 feet) with a crew of 70, is an attack submarine used for tracking ships, escorting aircraft carriers, carrying out coastal intelligence missions, and deploying special forces.
 

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That was the good news :)

The bad news is that we may have trouble to repair one of our 5 remaining SSN after a very serious fire :sad:


A fire that raged for 14 hours on one of France's nuclear-powered attack submarines did not lead to an atomic accident as steps were taken to protect its reactor, the defence minister said Saturday.
The submarine was under renovation in the southern base of Toulon when the blaze broke out at about 10:30 am (0830 GMT) on Friday in a hard-to-access part of the lower bow section, the navy said.
It then took around 100 firefighters and 150 support crew to put out the blaze by around midnight (2200 GMT Friday), the navy said in a statement.
"There was a fire, but no, there was not a nuclear accident," Defence Minister Florence Parly said.

Parly added that during the fire "measures were taken in the rear area to protect the nuclear reactor compartment".
The navy said earlier there were no casualties and no risk of radiation because the nuclear fuel had been removed during the renovation of La Perle (The Pearl), one of France's six nuclear attack submarines.
The extent of the damage -- and what started the fire -- were not immediately clear but an official with the Naval Group repair centre called the incident "serious."
The regional authorities said that pollution and radioactivity tests carried out by independent experts had not found anything out of the ordinary.
But French nuclear watchdog association CRIIRAD said that a nearby measurement found that radioactivity levels had oscillated at low levels for a few hours in the days leading up to the fire.
The NGO said the "troubling" phenomenon "could have several explanations," but that it did "raise questions".
Parly responded by saying that "a natural radioactive element was emitted in infinitesimal quantities before the fire," adding that it showed that "we have an extremely sensitive and effective detection system".
Parly said a damage analysis would determine whether the vessel can be repaired, adding that it was lucky that almost all of the sub's equipment was not on board.
A judicial investigation and technical probe have been launched.
The submarine, which entered service in 1993, docked at Toulon in January for 18 months of renovation work that was to keep it operational until the end of the decade.
The vessel, which can dive to 300 metres (985 feet) with a crew of 70, is an attack submarine used for tracking ships, escorting aircraft carriers, carrying out coastal intelligence missions, and deploying special forces.
that's terrible. We, as enthusiasts, do admire the French submarine designs. They somehow look and work very smooth and chocolaty :yo:
 

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Let’s bring these designs to India then. A conventional powered Barracuda-class instead of modified Scorpene for P-75i. That would be another dream of mine come true after Rafale in Indian skies.
Too costly for India. We can build actual ssn in much less than what Australia is buying barracuda conventional for.
 

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Too costly for India. We can build actual ssn in much less than what Australia is buying barracuda conventional for.
Well leasing another Akula-class is costly too. It is all a matter of strategic priorities. Personnally I would invest the money in Barracuda-class. Barracuda-class is on offer for Netherlands too, might bring some light on pricing offers.
 

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Well leasing another Akula-class is costly too. It is all a matter of strategic priorities. Personnally I would invest the money in Barracuda-class. Barracuda-class is on offer for Netherlands too, might bring some light on pricing offers.
Akula is SSN double the size of french . Barracuda conventional no match for it. We won't spend more than 1.5 billion on conventional submarine. Because we can make SSN in 2 billion usd.
 

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