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    Gerboise Bleue

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    Date: 07:04 UTC 13/02/1960 | Type: Tower @105m | Yield: 65kt

    The first French test, Gerboise Bleue was a surface shot fired atop a 105m tower in Reganne Algeria. The device was a prototype for the AN-11 warhead deployed three years later, used plutonium and had the highest yield for any countries first test. General Ailleret personally activated the firing switch for the detonation of the device.The name of the test originates from the Gerboise (jerboa), a desert rodent, while blue is the first color of the French tricolor flag. The AN-11 was the first nuclear weapon to be stockpiled by the French. A pure fission weapon with a 60 kilotons yield, it entered service in 1963; only 40 were made before being replaced by the AN-22 in 1967.

    Published on: 2006-01-01 (18526 reads)

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