April 28, France launched an unaddile M51 submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile at a test site in the southwest, according to a communique issued by the French Defense Ministry.
The area where the missile remnants fell was located in the North Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, the communique said. In addition, the experiment was conducted without a nuclear weapon and in strict compliance with France’s “international commitments”.
It is reported that the M51 submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile has been in service with the French Navy’s new generation of nuclear submarines since 2010, replacing the earlier M45 missiles as part of France’s sea-based nuclear forces.
The M51 missile has greater accuracy and can carry multiple nuclear warheads.