NATO Ships Test Cooperative Missile Defenses

NATO Ships Test Cooperative Missile Defenses

On November 22, U.S. officials stated that NATO warships successfully engaged live and simulated ballistic and cruise missile threats during Exercise Formidable Shield in May. During the exercise, ships shared…

French Warships Demonstrate Cooperative Engagement Datalink

French Warships Demonstrate Cooperative Engagement Datalink

On September 18, French warships Forbin (D620) and Languedoc (D653) conducted a cooperative intercept of an airborne target. Connected by datalink, FS Forbin successfully guided an Aster 30 surface-to-air missile…

France To Develop Antisatellite Weapons

France To Develop Antisatellite Weapons

On July 25, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced her country’s plans to develop antisatellite (ASAT) laser weapons by 2023. Speaking at the Lyon Mont-Verdun military base, Parly argued that…

MBDA Conducts Second Sea Venom Development Test

MBDA Conducts Second Sea Venom Development Test

On April 18, MBDA successfully conducted its second development test fire of its Sea Venom/ANL missile. The missile was tested from a Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France. The…

US, UK, France Launch Joint Missile Strike on Syria

US, UK, France Launch Joint Missile Strike on Syria

On April 13, the United States, United Kingdom, and France launched a joint strike of 105 missiles on Syrian chemical weapons storage and research facilities. The operation came in response…

France Successfully Tests New Sea Venom Missile

France Successfully Tests New Sea Venom Missile

In a statement on July 4, the French defense minister announced the first successful test firing of a new helicopter-launched antiship cruise missile. During a test on June 21, 2017,…

Italy joins Aster 30 Development Program

Looking to modernize its air and ballistic missile defense force, Italy has joined France in backing Eurosam’s development of the Aster 30 Block 1 NT (B1NT) missile for the SAMP/T…

Final French SSBN Begins M51 Modifications

Final French SSBN Begins M51 Modifications

The final French Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, Le Téméraire, has been docked at the Brest naval base to begin modifications that would allow the submarine to launch M51 nuclear…