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MSBS M1


French intermediate range ballistic missile. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x SEP 901 + 1 x Rita I

Standard warhead: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Maximum range: 3,008 km (1,869 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Warhead yield: 1,000 KT. Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1971.

Status: Retired 1972.
Gross mass: 20,005 kg (44,103 lb).
Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb).
Height: 10.67 m (35.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.49 m (4.88 ft).
Span: 1.49 m (4.88 ft).
Thrust: 440.00 kN (98,910 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1971.01.01.
Last Launch: 1972.01.01.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • MSBS Family of French submarine-launched ballistic missiles. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • SEREB French manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. SEREB, France. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Biscarosse In April 1962 France signed the final agreements with Algeria, requiring them to evacuate their rocket test ranged there by July 1967. Three months later a site on French soil on the Bay of Biscay, at Landes, near Biscarosse, was selected. The site would allow the testing of missiles over the Atlantic out to a range of 3000 km. This would put the RV impact area near the Azores, and a tracking station was opened in October 1966 on Flores island. More...

Associated Stages
  • Diamant BP-2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 4,500/1,000 kg. Thrust 176.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 273 seconds. More...
  • MSBS M2-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 10,000 kg. Thrust 450.00 kN. More...

MSBS M1 Chronology


1971? - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S655. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1971 May 29 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S611. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1971 June 26 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S611. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1972? - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S612. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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