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MSBS M2


French intermediate range ballistic missile. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x SEP 904 + 1 x Rita II

Standard warhead: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Maximum range: 3,200 km (1,900 mi). Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1973.

Status: Retired 1973.
Gross mass: 19,500 kg (42,900 lb).
Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb).
Height: 10.67 m (35.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.52 m (4.98 ft).
Span: 1.52 m (4.98 ft).
Thrust: 440.00 kN (98,910 lbf).
Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).
First Launch: 1973.01.01.
Last Launch: 1973.07.20.
Number: 3 .

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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 M2 Chronology


1973 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S655. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1973? - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: S610. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1973 July 20 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

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