French Air Force’s Nuclear Deterrence Drills with the Mirage 2000N
The French Air Force have conveyed a complex drill whose aim was to test the nuclear capability of the service, the French Ministry of Defence said.
The exercise featured a Mirage 2000N jet carrying ASMP-A missiles and took place on Sept. 23, 2013.
The scenario featured a single Mirage 2000N from 2/4 La Fayette Squadron, based in Avord AB in a mission that lasted 3 hours.
The fighter flew to the operative area at high altitude, joined a C-135FR tanker for in-flight refueling then turned towards the target, low level, using terrain to avoid radar detection and infiltrate the enemy territory.
The ASMP-A missile (of course without the warhead) hit the target as planned.
The ASMP-A missiles are the main French nuclear deterrent since 2009. This is a new generation of ASMP missile with an enhanced, longer range of 500-600 km.
Both Mirage 2000N and Rafale can carry the ASMP-A. Besides that, French nuclear assets include the Le Triomphrant submarines carrying ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles).
Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist
Image Credit: French Air Force