France launched an intercontinental ballistic missile toward the United States

France tested the M51 intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday, which was launched westward from a range in the Landes department in the southwest of the country, according to the website of the Republic’s Ministry of Defense.

The head part of the missile fell in the North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers from the nearest land, the military said in a statement. The missile was without a nuclear charge, and the tests were conducted in strict compliance with international obligations, the military said.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly said she was “deeply satisfied” with the successful launch.

The M51 missile has been in service since 2010 and is used by the French Navy’s nuclear submarines.