|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire|
|Laid down:||26 March 1990|
|Launched:||6 October 1990|
|In service:||4 November 1992|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Range:||15,000 nautical miles (28,000 km; 17,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
4 trajectography radars in C band (2 Armor, 1 Gascogne and 1 Normandie). Telemeasurement station with 6 air antennas, including 2 Antarès 7 various telemetry and optronic tracking antennas One LIDAR One Tavitac 2000 combat direction system 2 DRBN-34 (Racal Decca) navigation and landing radars 1 DRBV 15C radar combined de veille combiné ; Navstar SENINSatellite communication systems (Syracuse II, Inmarsat).
The Monge (A601), named after the 18th century mathematician Gaspard Monge, is a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship of the French Navy dedicated to tracking and measuring rocket trajectories. She was built for the trials of the Submarine-launched ballistic missiles of the Navy, and is also used to monitor the launch of Ariane rockets.
It is one of the rare ships in the world to have this capacity.
The systems in the Monge allow it to track missiles and satellites. There are two navigation radars and a DRBV 15C air surveillance radar installed. The intelligence systems are a Stratus Gascogne, two Armor-radarsystemy, two Savoie and Antares missile-tracking radars, a laser-radar, and an optical tracking unit, furthermore 14 antennas for telemetry.
The ship is painted white because the normal darker grey of warships would heat up the ship more, which could cause malfunctions of the electronic systems inside.
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