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MSBS M45


French intermediate range ballistic missile. Improved M-4.

Guidance contractor: EMD-SAGEM. Maximum range: 4,100 km (2,500 mi). Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Cruise engine: P402.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 35,000 kg (77,000 lb).
Height: 11.07 m (36.31 ft).
Diameter: 1.92 m (6.30 ft).
Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).
First Launch: 1995.02.14.
Last Launch: 2005.02.01.
Number: 6 .

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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
  • Sea-launched Sounding rocket launched from a naval vessel at an undocumented location. 2001 launches from 1956 to 2008, reaching up to 35,820 kilometers altitude, fall into this category. More...
  • 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...
  • Bay of Biscay Launch Area Submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area known to have been used for 4 launches from 1983 to 2005, reaching up to 800 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • MSBS M4-1 Solid rocket stage. 900.00 kN (202,328 lbf) thrust. Mass 22,500 kg (49,604 lb). More...
  • MSBS M4-2 Solid rocket stage. 300.00 kN (67,443 lbf) thrust. Mass 8,800 kg (19,401 lb). More...
  • MSBS M4-3 Solid rocket stage. 100.00 kN (22,481 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,500 kg (3,307 lb). More...

MSBS M45 Chronology


1995 February 14 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S616. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1999 May 4 - . Launch Site: Sea-launched. Launch Pad: BRET. Launch Platform: S615. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N, Longitude:4.50 W..

1999 May 4 - . Launch Site: Sea-launched. Launch Pad: BRET. Launch Platform: S617. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N, Longitude:4.50 W..

2001 April 17 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S615. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 4.
  • M51 Research and development (to CSG) test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N - Longitude: 4.50 W..

2004 June 1 - . 22:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S618. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 5.
  • ME-34 Teutates test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N - Longitude: 4.50 W..

2005 February 1 - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S616. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 6?.
  • - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

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