Thursday, 28 January 2010

Are Newfoundland UFO Reports French Missile? (M51)

CBC News recently (January 27th, 2010) ran the following story:

UFO sighting puzzles N.L. residents

Residents of Harbour Mille, on Newfoundland's south coast, reported seeing this object fly over their community Monday night. (Courtesy: Darlene Stewart)

Residents in Harbour Mille, a tiny community on Newfoundland's south coast, want to know what they saw in the sky Monday night. Darlene Stewart said she was outside taking pictures of the sunset when she saw something fly overhead. She snapped a picture of the object in an attempt to zoom in on it to see what it was:

"Even with the camera, I couldn't make it out until I put it on the computer…..I knew then it wasn't an airplane. It was something different."

Stewart's picture shows a blurry image of what appears to be some kind of missile-like object emitting either flames or heavy smoke.

Emmy Pardy also saw the object:

"It appeared to come out of the ocean…..It was like it was in the middle of the bay…. It's kind of scary because you don't know if something is being set off out in the bay, [or] if someone is doing experiments."

An RCMP officer was in the community Tuesday to investigate the reports. The residents plan to be outdoors again Tuesday evening to see if there is a similar sight in the sky.

Source: CBC News

The following is form a French speaking website:

"Hervé Morin, Minister of Defense, expressed his great satisfaction at the success so far in the fourth experimental flight of the M51 strategic missile carried out, as always, without nuclear charge. He extends his warmest congratulations to all women and men of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), the Navy, the Energy Commission and Atomic Energy Alternatives (CEA) and companies worked to its success.

The shooting was conducted by the DGA, January 27, 2010 at 9:25 am from the Bay of Audierne (Finistère), from the submarine "Le Terrible". The launch of the missile took place as planned. The missile was tracked during its flight phase by means of the center DGA testing missiles Biscarrosse and Quimper and the building of tests and measures "Monge".

This trial marks an important step in modernizing and adapting the device for deterring France in strict compliance with its international commitments. The M51 is designed to equip from 2010 the nuclear submarine ballistic missile next generation (SSBN) of the strategic oceanic force."


The following is as reported at the French *secretdefense* Blog on the January 27th, 2010 (via a ‘tweaked' Google translate):

An M-51 missile was fired from a submarine diving this morning

A strategic missile M-51 was fired this morning at 9:25 from the submarine Le Terrible, which was submerged in southern Finistère, in Bay Audierne. This is the time this new missile has been launched form the sea. It ran "successfully" says one military source. This is the fourth test firing of the M-51, the first three having been made from dry land. The tests obviously didn't use a nuclear warhead.

Here's evidence that C. Gildas, whom I thank, send us:

"This morning while walking my dog around 9 am 30, I, I believe, witnessed the departure of the M51 missile. Indeed, I saw what initially looked like an airplane flying in the sky, but this gear was far too rapid to be an airplane. I have deduced that it was a rocket. Remaining in Finistere and following your blog I immediately thought of the M51 missile. the weather was fine, there had a white trail that followed the shooting likely. That is my testimony. I was surprised by the speed climb of this gear. "

Source: Secret Defense

Here's a crop which the same article posted, following image captured in the UK.

(Image Source)

And this image which was shot by fishermen along the coast Finistère.

Lionel Pennarun, the boss of Narwhal took this picture of the missile at launch.

(Image source)

Given the various comments on the original article and the available evidence this was almost certainly the result of the French Navy's final preparations of the M51 SLBM, specifically a submarine launched ballistic missile. And in the following image the, "Bay of Audierne" (out of shot) is where the M51 was launched, the yellow triangle is where the 'UFO' was captured and the red triangle was its destination.



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