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Arsenal de l'Aéronautique (commonly named Arsenal) was a national military aircraft manufacturer established by the French Government in 1936 at Villacoublay. In the years before World War II, it developed a range of technically advanced fighter aircraft, but none of these were manufactured in sufficient quantities to be of any use against the German invasion. Following the war, Arsenal was relocated to Châtillon-sous-Bagneux, where it was privatised as SFECMAS (la Société Française d’Etude et de Constructions de Matériel Aéronautiques Spéciaux) in 1952. In 1955 SFECMAS joined SNCAN to create Nord Aviation.


  • Arsenal VG 30 (1938) Single-engine one-seat low-wing monoplane propeller-engine fighter aircraft. One prototype built
  • Arsenal VG 31 VG-30 variant powered by Hispano-Suiza engine. One built
  • Arsenal VG-36 VG-33 variant with newer engine and modified radiator housing. One built
  • Arsenal VG-37 Proposed VG-33 variant with longer range. Not built
  • Arsenal VG-38 Proposed VG-33 variant with newer engine. Not built
  • Arsenal VG-39 VG-36 variant with more streamlined nose and larger engine. One built
  • Arsenal VB 10 (1945) Two-engine single-seat propeller fighter aircraft with fore-and-aft engines. Six built
  • Arsenal O.101 (1947) Single-engine two-seat low-wing aerodynamic research aircraft. One built
  • Arsenal VG 70 (1948) Single-engine one-seat high-wing swept-wing jet experimental aircraft. One built
  • Arsenal VG 80
  • Arsenal VG 90 (1949) Single-engine one-seat high-wing swept-wing carrier-based jet fighter. Three built; two completed


  • Air 100
  • Air 101
  • Air 102
  • Air 4111
  • Arsenal Emouchet
  • Arsenal 1301 - supersonic research glider
  • Arsenal 2301 - supersonic research glider

Targets and missiles

  • Arsenal 5201 - (SS 10 (sol-sol))
  • Arsenal AS 10 - (ALAT (AAM))
  • Arsenal 5501 - (CT 10 target)
  • Arsenal 5510 - (CT 20 target)
  • Nord SM 20 (sol-mer anti-shipping)
  • Nord CT 41 (supersonic target)


  • Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. pp. 29. 

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