France Tests Naval Cruise Missile

France Tests Naval Cruise Missile

On October 28, France successfully fired a Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) submarine-launched cruise missile near Biscarrosse in the country’s southwest. In a press release, France’s Minister of Defense hailed…

France Test Fires M51 Ballistic Missile

France Test Fires M51 Ballistic Missile

On June 12, French submarine Le Téméraire (S617) test fired an M51 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from Audierne Bay on the country’s west coast. During the test, the missile reportedly…

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,…