PARIS --- Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his satisfaction today after the successful launch of an M51 strategic ballistic missile by the nuclear-powered missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant this morning at 9:18 a.m. from the Bay of Audierne, in Finistère county.
He extends his warmest congratulations to all the women and men of the Ministry of Defence, the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) and the companies who contributed to its success.
The missile was monitored throughout its flight phase from the test center of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), including the test and telemetry ship “Monge”.
The impact zone is located in the North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers from the nearest coast. As always, this test was conducted without a nuclear warhead and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments.
This firing validates the operational capacity of the overall Le Triomphant weapon system, and again demonstrates the excellence in high technology that French industries are implementing in this area.
The M51 missile today is fitted to three of the four next-generation missile-launching nuclear-powered submarines (SSBN-NG).
The conversion of the entire Force Stratégique Océanique to this new missile is expected by the end of the decade.