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    Date: 15:34 UTC 02/07/1966 | Type: Barge | Yield: 28kt

    France's first Pacific nuclear test, using the M-50 CTC (Charge Tactique Commune - common tactical warhead) device which went on to be deployed as the AN-51 and AN-52 tactical warheads. The barge containing the nuclear device was moored at the Dindon testing sector on the western end of the atoll. This method of testing would be used for a further three tests (Rigel, Sirius, and Arcturus). Un-predicted weather conditions and the fact that it was a suface shot, caused significant radioactive contamination of the Mururoa Atoll. The local populations were not notified about the radiological situation.









    Published on: 2005-12-20 (10814 reads)

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