On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 it was held the first evaluation firing of the weapon system Mirage 2000N and ASMPA (Medium Range Air-Ground Improvement). This operation was called Topaz.
The crew of the aircraft, comprising a driver and a navigator Squadron 3 / 4 "Limousin" has made a long flight (about five hours) during which he conducted all important phases of flight: high altitude, several air refueling tanker aircraft with the KC-135 group AAR 2 / 91 "Bretagne", penetration low altitude, terrain following, etc.
After five hours of flight, the crew pulled the ASMPA (without nuclear charge), which exactly followed the programmed flight profile. Mission accomplished for the first fire rating! "The squadron 3 / 4" Limousin "has a lot invested in this project," as recalled by Colonel Luc Penet, commander of the squadron, a few months ago in an interview for the magazine "Air News."
The entities that participated in this test are: Air Force (the means of strategic air forces), the DGA (General Directorate for Armaments) with the test center and launching missiles and Biscarosse program management Horus, and the MBDA and industrial resources of the Navy (to monitor the maritime zone).
The ASMPA is a new missile with a nuclear warhead Airborne (TNA), using a ram jet associated with a booster. It can be fired at different altitudes and fly at supersonic speed along paths that allow it to counter enemy threats. This is the first nuclear head secured by simulation because TNA is the first nuclear weapon that has not been developed from nuclear testing. Its development is based primarily on physical data collected during the final series of nuclear tests, on supercomputing facilities and digital radiography those weapons.
Source: First shot of assessment for the couple Mirage 2000N-ASMPA
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