France: AASM 1000 guided bomb qualified for use on Rafale F4 aircarft

By Defence Industry Europe

France has qualified Safran’s AASM 1000 guided bomb for use on the Rafale F4 standard fighter. It will be used by the French Air Force and Navy. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) says qualification on the Rafale F4.1 will being this month.

The Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (Modular Air-to-Ground Armament), commonly called AASM or HAMMER, is a French precision-guided munition developed by Safran Electronics & Defense.

AASM comprises a frontal guidance kit and a rear-mounted range extension kit matched to a dumb bomb.

The basic version features a 250-kilogram (550 lb) bomb plus hybrid inertial navigation system (INS) / Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance.

The weapon is modular because it can integrate different types of guidance units and different types of bombs. In 2011, AASM was given the name HAMMER (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range).

The standard F4.1 Rafale fighter will be able to carry up to three AASM 1000 (one ventral and one under each wing).

The development of the AASM 1000 guided bomb was carried out with the active participation of technical experts from the French Air and Space Forces, the French Navy, and the Service Commun de Munitions (SIMu), in order to take into account the recommendations and needs of the end-users as early as possible in the industrial work.

The French Air Force and Navy armorers carry out the assembly of the AASM 1000 and the parameterization of the ammunition according to the mission requirements. This new version of the AASM is developed by Safran Electronics & Defense as part of a EUR 85 million contract awarded by the DGA in 2017.


Find out more about AASM – visit Safran website.



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