Conversion of 2 French SSBNs into cruise missile submarines, a more attractive hypothesis than it seems

For several months, the deputy of Eure and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly Fabien Gouttefarde, wants to be force of proposal as for the future evolutions of the French defense programs. Although he belonged to the Republic on the Move, he did not hesitate, for example, to plead insistently for the Air and Space Force, but also the National Navy, to acquire a version of electronic warfare and suppression of adverse anti-aircraft defenses of the Rafale, and this despite the end of non-receipt, also very open to criticism, addressed by the Ministry of the Armed Forces to one of his colleagues in the opposition, Jean-Christophe...

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SNLE3G: Should we go back to a 6-submarine deterrent?

On 19 February, the Minister for the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced the launch of the design program for the next new-generation nuclear missile submarines, often referred to by the acronym SNLE 3G, being the third generation of this type of submersible built by France. The 4 new ships will be armed with 16 M51 intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range exceeding 10.000 kilometers and each carrying up to ten nuclear warheads with an independent trajectory of 100 kilotons, 6 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This announcement marks Paris' desire to preserve its strategic independence as well as its capacity…

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