Successful test firing of M51 missile without warhead

Updated: 04/28/2021
The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) successfully conducted a test firing of an M51 missile without a military charge from the Landes site of DGA Missile Tests on April 28, 2021.

Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, expresses her great satisfaction after the success on April 28, 2021 of the test firing of an M51 strategic ballistic missile without a military charge, conducted by the General Directorate of Armaments from the Landes site of DGA Essais missiles.

It sends its warmest congratulations to all the staff of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) and the industrial partners who have worked for its success.

The missile was monitored throughout its flight phase by DGA Missile Tests. The fallout zone is located in the North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers from any coast. This test was carried out without a nuclear military charge and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments. This shot, carried out as part of the M51 program, once again demonstrates the excellence of high technology that French industries are implementing in this field.

This armament program responds to the will of the President of the Republic, who has undertaken to take the decisions necessary to maintain the operational credibility of the nuclear forces over time, at the level of strict sufficiency required by the international environment.

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