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MSBS M20



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MSBS M20
French intermediate range ballistic missile.

Maximum range: 3,000 km (1,800 mi).

Status: Retired 1980.
Gross mass: 20,000 kg (44,000 lb).
Height: 10.70 m (35.10 ft).
Diameter: 1.50 m (4.90 ft).
Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).
First Launch: 1974.06.12.
Last Launch: 1980.01.01.
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
  • MSBS M2-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 10,000 kg. Thrust 450.00 kN. More...
  • MSBS M2-2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 6,000 kg. Thrust 320.00 kN. More...

MSBS M20 Chronology


1974 June 12 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M20.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1976 April 7 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S613. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M20.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1979 July 1 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M20.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1980? - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S614. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M20.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

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