M51.3 intercontinental ballistic missile tests show success in France: photo and video
On the evening of November 18, the French Armed Forces tested the M51.3 strategic intercontinental missile. The launch was conducted without the use of a nuclear warhead.
The French Ministry of Defense said it was ready to protect the country's vital interests under any circumstances. This was reported by the press service of the ministry.
The Defense Ministry said that the launch of the M51.3 ballistic missile was successful. They also added that this event perpetuates confidence in France's nuclear deterrent and demonstrates the superiority of the French launcher sector.
According to the French Government defence procurement and technology agency, the launch of the missile confirmed an important evolution of weapons that will help strengthen confidence in ocean deterrence over the coming decades.
Throughout the flight, the missile was monitored by the test resources of the French General Directorate of Armaments. The fallout zone is located in the North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers from any coast. This test was conducted without a nuclear payload and in strict compliance with France's international obligations.
"This weapons program is in line with the will of the president, who is committed to taking the decisions necessary to maintain the operational reliability of nuclear forces over time at the level of strict sufficiency required by the international situation," the statement said.
As a reminder, Russia has announced that it has loaded another Avangard intercontinental ballistic missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead, into a launch silo. The first such missile, created "in response" to the development of new generation US nuclear weapons, was loaded into the launch silo back in 2019.
Earlier, the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate reported that numerous tests of Russian missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons had failed, which was a "shameful blow to the tyrant." The failed tests of the Yars and Bulava missiles may indicate serious problems with Moscow's nuclear weapons capabilities.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, earlier, Russia conducted training of its strategic nuclear forces. The Russian Armed Forces launched ballistic and cruise missiles during a training exercise to practice a retaliatory strike in response to an enemy nuclear attack.