|Type||Tactical ballistic missile|
|Place of origin||France|
|In service||1974 (terminated in 1993)|
|Warhead||- Nuclear 15 kt of TNT |
- Nuclear 25 kt of TNT
- Conventional High-Explosive
|Maximum speed||1100 m/s|
|TEL platform on an AMX-30 chassis|
The Pluton missile was a French nuclear-armed tactical ballistic missile (short-range ballistic missile, SRBM) system launched from a transporter erector launcher (TEL) platform mounted on an AMX 30 tank chassis. It was designed to provide the tactical part of French nuclear deterrence during the Cold War.
The Pluton came in replacement of the U.S.-built Honest John missile. It had an operating range between 17 and 120 km (11 and 75 mi), with a CEP of 150 m. This short range only allowed strikes on targets in West Germany or within France itself, which led to the development of the longer ranged Hadès missile.
The system was relatively light-weight, which allowed its deployment in difficult conditions. A CT-20 drone was available to provide last-minute information about the target before launch, making the Pluton system battle-capable.
The regiments and groups which used the equipment included:
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