Sagem’s Hammer air-toground guided weapon tested
French defence procurement agency DGA has successfully carried out the first qualification firing test of the laser terminal guidance version of the AASM Hammer modular air-to-ground weapon built by Sagem (Safran group).
The test was carried out by the DGA’s missile test department at the Cazaux airbase recently, with the Hammer weapon being fired from a production Rafale fighter. The target, a bridge pier located more than 50 kilometres from the release point, was illuminated by an airborne illuminator that was activated during the last few seconds of the weapon’s flight.
The AASM Hammer’s guidance was deliberately initialised by offsetting the target’s GPS coordinates by over 50 metres. Thanks to its navigation, laser spot detec- tion and terminal guidance algorithms, the AASM hit its target to within a metre. Prior to the impact, the missile steered itself to a glide slope of 20°, preferred for this type of operational scenario.
Developed and produced by Sagem, with the DGA as contracting authority, the AASM Hammer is a family of air-toground weapons comprising guidance and range augmentation kits attached to standard bombs.
The AASM has been deployed in foreign theatres of operation, demonstrating its performance and reliability. During long-range missions on the Rafale fighter, the AASM has shown its ability to engage high-value targets, previously reserved for cruise missiles. It has also shown that it can neutralise opportunity targets, in short time loop, as well as enemy air defenses, day or night and at stand-off distance. try and aligns the DCP with the four-year forward estimates period in the budget. This provides greater certainty for industry.
The public DCP provides information for industry on project cost, project schedule and local industry content. As the public DCP includes only those projects approaching either first pass or second pass in the fouryear forward estimates period, it is a much more reliable guide of the Government’s priorities for investment in ADF capability.