From On 27 January 2010 the French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) carried out a fourth test firing of a M51 ballistic missile in the Audierne bay (Finistère department). The missile was launched at 09:25 CET by the “Le Terrible” submarine and the firing has accomplished as planned. The missile was tracked during the entire flight by the DGA missile test centre at Biscarrosse and Quimper as well as by the survey vessel “Monge”.

This missile test is an important milestone in the modernisation and adjustment of the deterrence capabilities of the French Republic in line with its international commitments. (photo: