The French Ministry of Defense reported on the successful launch of the M51.3 intercontinental ballistic missile
France has tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile M51.3. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic, the launch was successful.
The French military conducted a test launch of the new M51.3 ICBM on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The missile was launched from the Biscarrosse region in southwestern France in the interests of the “French armed forces.” The goal is to protect French interests “in all circumstances,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The missile was launched without a nuclear warhead.
- said in a statement.
According to the military department, the shooting took place at a training ground in the northern part of the Atlantic; exact data is not provided. It is noted that the training part of the rocket successfully landed at the test site, “hundreds of kilometers from the coast”; there are no other details. It is also emphasized that the tests were carried out in strict accordance with international law. The rocket launch was declared successful.
The M51 is a French solid-fuel ballistic missile designed for deployment on submarines, which entered service in 2010. The flight range, according to open data, is 9 thousand kilometers. The rockets' navigation system is astro-inertial, using the Galileo satellite system. Designed for placement on Triomphant-class SSBNs, of which there are four in the French Navy. The French use the submarine Le Terrible ("Terrible") as a test platform; from 2008 to 2020, this submarine made four successful launches and one unsuccessful one.
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