The French armed forces could use a new generation of air-launched cruise missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead.
Details are still limited, but the French military has confirmed that it has successfully carried out the first test launch of the advanced version of the new ASMPA nuclear cruise missile (Missile Air-Sol Moyenne Portée), together with missile specialist MBDA and aircraft manufacturer Dassault (Amélioré).
The Ministry of Military announced that an initial test shot test of an upgraded ASMPA cruise missile from a Rafale M fighter of the French Navy has been carried out.
The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance has reported that the test fire was supported by the French Navy and the French Air and Space Force. During the entire flight phase, the rocket was operated by DGA Essais de Missiles in Biscarosse, Hourtin and Quimper with the participation of DGA Essais en vol.
According to the MBDA, the ASMPA is intended to replace the ASMP (strategic and ultimate nuclear deterrent missile used by the French Strategic Air Force, which can be transported under the Mirage 2000N and Rafale).
Also indicates that a new missile can carry a medium energy thermo-nuclear charge.