French Nuclear Forces

The French maintain a deterrent of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). France has in operation four SSBNs of three classes: two of the new Triomphant-class subs, one L'Inflexible-class sub, and one Redoubtable-class sub (Le Foudroyant). and airborne weapons.


Name SSBNs Warhead x yield
MSBS M4A/B 48 6 x 150 288
MSBS M45 16 6 x 100 96
Total 64 384


Name Launchers Warhead x yield
Mirage 2000N/ASMP 45 1 x 300 bomb 45
Super Etendard/ASMP 24 1 x 300 bomb 20
Total 69 65

Information compiled by Robert S. Norris and William M. Arkin of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Inquiries should be directed to:

NRDC, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20005 (v) 202-289-6868.

Source: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and NRDC

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