• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S SECOND NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE, LE TERRIBLE, WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (12 DECEMBER) AT CHERBOURG IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER, M.

  • Description

    FRANCE'S SECOND NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE, LE TERRIBLE, WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (12 DECEMBER) AT CHERBOURG IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER, M. MICHEL DEBRE.

    JUST UNDER 420 FEET (128 METRES) LONG AND WITH A BEAM OF A LITTLE OVER 34 1/2 FEET (10.60 METRES), LE TERRIBLE HAS A SPEED OF MORE THAN 20 KNOTS AND CAN DRIVE TO DEPTH OF 1,640 FEET (500 METRES).

    THE SUBMARINE'S NUCLEAR REACTOR, WHICH POWERS TWO GROUPS OF TURBINES, PRODUCES 20,000 HORSEPOWER.

    LE TERRIBLE IS CAPABLE OF FIRING ALL ITS SIXTEEN NUCLEAR-WAR-HEADED MISSILES IN LESS THAN SIXTEEN MINUTES WHEN SUBMERGED. THESE MISSILES HAVE A RANGE OF 1,242 MILES (2,000 KILOMETRES).

    LE TERRIBLE WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL IN 1972, ALONGSIDE ITS SISTER SHIP REDOUBTABLE, A THIRD NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE, LE FOUDROYANT, WILL BE LAUNCHED IN TWO YEARS' TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC1OUS5EPWLMP6I61VBY84ZTMM
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1OUS5EPWLMP6I61VBY84ZTMM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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