The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Navale (MdCN) land attack cruise missile made its operational debut as part of allied strikes against Syrian chemical weapon sites during the night of 13-14 April.
Three MdCN missiles were launched from the Aquitaine-class FREMM multimission frigate Languedoc operating in the Mediterranean. The missiles are believed to have targeted a chemical weapons facility near Homs.
Developed by MBDA under a full-scale development contract awarded by the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) in December 2006, the MdCN has been developed to provide the French Navy with a sovereign 'deep strike' capability against fixed high-value targets.
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