France's next-generation M51 intercontinental ballistic missile is on track to meet its scheduled 2010 in-service date, but delivery of the country's new ASMPA nuclear cruise weapon will be deferred to late 2008. In briefings on the nuclear program last week, Brig. Gen. Paul Fouilland, who heads the nuclear division of the French general staff, said the ASMPA will equip an initial air force Mirage 2000N nuclear strike squadron in December 2008, followed by the service's first Rafale F3 ...

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