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.

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