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SSBS S2


French submarine-launched ballistic missile. Two stage vehicle.

Standard warhead: 2,200 kg (4,800 lb). Maximum range: 2,900 km (1,800 mi). Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1972.

Gross mass: 31,890 kg (70,300 lb).
Payload: 2,200 kg (4,800 lb).
Height: 14.79 m (48.52 ft).
Diameter: 1.49 m (4.88 ft).
Span: 2.62 m (8.59 ft).
Thrust: 533.40 kN (119,913 lbf).
Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).
First Launch: 1973.09.18.
Last Launch: 1977.03.16.
Number: 6 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • 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
  • SSBS S01-2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 10,000 kg. Thrust 440.00 kN. More...
  • SSBS S3-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 16,000 kg. Thrust 540.00 kN. More...

SSBS S2 Chronology


1973 September 18 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2602.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 January 30 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2603.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 18 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2604.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1975 June 24 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2605.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 June 1 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2606.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 March 16 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: SSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S2. LV Configuration: SSBS S2 S-1E-2607.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

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