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France carries out rare simulation of nuclear deterrent strike

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  1. Vergennes

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    PARIS (Reuters) - France conducted a rare simulation of a nuclear deterrent mission, its armed forces ministry said on Tuesday, at a time when the United States plans to exit a nuclear arms control pact with Russia.

    The 11-hour mission, which included refueling, tested all phases of an attack mission involving a Rafale warplane.

    “These real strikes are scheduled in the life of the weapons’ system,” French air force spokesman Colonel Cyrille Duvivier said. “They are carried out at fairly regular intervals, but remain rare because the real missile, without its warhead, is fired.”

    It did not say when the test was carried out, and officials declined to say how often they take place.

    The mission comes as Paris looks to ensure its long-term nuclear dissuasion program, with Europe increasingly worried about security as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow.

    Paris is also concerned over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities.

    France spends about 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion) annually on maintaining its 300-strong submarine and air nuclear weapons stockpile. It plans to modernize its capacity to spend 5 billion euros a year by 2020.


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ion-of-nuclear-deterrent-strike-idUSKCN1PU1MK
     
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  2. KediKesenFare

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    The French nuclear arsenal is rather symbolic than a real threat for potential enemies. In fact, France's nuclear weapons are effectively not operational due to its idiotic nuclear energy program. You'll never be able to use these weapons against your enemies. I do not consider France as a nuclear power.
     
  3. Fawadqasim1

    Fawadqasim1 SENIOR MEMBER

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    Can you elaborate sir
     
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    France is in violation of NPT treaty.
     
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  5. vostok

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    If France leave NATO it could be a gamer, not a gameboard. They have their own nuclear weapons, own ICBM missles, own nuclear subs. Technically, they are on the 4 or even 3 place in nuclear state's rating.
     
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    u.k and france are only nuclear countries in europe
     
  7. KediKesenFare

    KediKesenFare SENIOR MEMBER

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    Again, they can't use it against any potential enemy with a decent missile program.
     
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    i do not want to find out
     
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    Italy better watch out. :lol:
     
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    Are you always this stupid? Or just pretending to be?

    WTH does a nuclear energy program have to do with a weapons program not being "operational"?

    Do you even know (much less understand) the basic components that go into both enrichment wise?
     
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