France: Regime test-fires long-range ballistic missile

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“France has successfully test-fired an M51.3 long-range ballistic missile, boosting the credibility of France’s nuclear deterrence capabilities, the defence ministry said on Sunday. The missile, which did not carry a nuclear weapon, was fired from the French army’s Biscarosse missile testing site in southwest France and landed in the North Atlantic, ‘hundreds of kilometres from any coastline’ the ministry said, without giving further detail. ‘The flight has allowed to confirm a major improvement of the missile which will contribute to the lasting credibility of France’s oceanic deterrence in coming decades,’ the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.” (11/19/23)