Friday, November 10, 2006

P-51 France tests unarmed nuclear Missle from Submarine

France test-fires unarmed nuclear weapon PARIS - France successfully shot its new M51 submarine-launched ballistic missile over the Atlantic on Thursday in its first experimental test flight, the Defense Ministry said..... The missile carried no nuclear weapon for the test flight, which was closely monitored by specialists at a test center in Biscarosse, in southwest France, as well as by the Monge missile-tracking ship, ministry spokesman Jean-Francois Bureau said.

The M51 is designed to replace the M45 submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM...... The M51 can carry six TN-75 thermonuclear warheads and has a range of up to 6,000 miles.


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