Tests of a new French ballistic missile for a Triomphant-class submarine showed on video

Tests of a new French ballistic missile for a Triomphant-class submarine showed on video
Tests of a new French ballistic missile for a Triomphant-class submarine showed on video
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France has tested the new M51 submarine ballistic missile. Its carrier is a strategic submarine of the Triomphant class.

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France conducted tests of the M51 ballistic missile on Wednesday, April 28. This was reported by Naval News with reference to the Directorate General of Armaments (Direction Générale de l'Armement or DGA).

The ballistic missile was launched not from a Triomphant-class submarine, acting as its regular carrier, but from a ground-based missile range of the French Armed Forces, located in the southwest of the country.

The rocket fell in the North Atlantic. It was launched without nuclear warheads: the tests were carried out in strict accordance with international standards. “This test, conducted as part of the M51 program, once again demonstrates the superiority of the high technology used by the French industry in this area,” the French Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The M51 is a new generation ballistic missile submarine (SLBM) designed to replace the M45. Each missile carries six to ten independent targeting TN 75 thermonuclear warheads.

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Since 2015, the TN 75 has been replaced by the new Tête nucléaire océanique (TNO) warheads. These are maneuvering products, which allows them to more effectively penetrate anti-missile defenses. According to data from open sources, the mass of the M51 is 52 thousand kilograms, the length of the rocket is 12.0 meters, and the diameter is 2.3 meters. It is reported that the range of the M51 is from eight to 10 thousand kilometers.

The first test launch of the M51 ballistic missile was successfully carried out in November 2006. The sixth test of the rocket, in May 2013, ended in failure. Tests in September 2015, July 2016 and June 2020 were successful.

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France is armed with four strategic submarines of the Triomphant type, created to replace the old Le Redoutable boats. The Triomphant is a fairly large submarine with a displacement (surfaced) of 12,640 tons. Each such submarine carries 16 ballistic missiles.

Recently, European shipbuilders have noted a number of achievements. Earlier this month, the Spaniards held the launching ceremony for the Isaac Peral submarine, the lead ship of the S-80 Plus project.

And the British have recently launched the fifth Astute-class nuclear submarine. This is the most modern type of submarine in the Royal Navy of Great Britain. The lead ship of the series entered service in 2010.

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