Firing Test of AASM High-Precision Weapon with Infrared Terminal Guidance
Sagem Défense Sécurité,
Paris, August 29, 2007.
On July 12, French
defense procurement agency DGA carried out the first firing test of the AASM
(Armement Air-Sol Modulaire) modular air-to-ground weapon with an infrared
imager. The test was performed at the Launch Missile Test Center in
Biscarosse, Southwest France, by a Mirage 2000N based at the Cazaux Flight
AASM fired by a Rafale aircraft on June 27, 2006 - DGA-CEV Photo ©
This version of the AASM
features a guidance kit with infrared imager, complementing the weapon’s
inertial and GPS guidance systems. The AASM precision-guided weapon calls on
image processing algorithms to autonomously correct its flight path during
the last few seconds of flight, thus enabling it to hit its target with
one-meter class accuracy, as specified.
AASM Family products at the Paris Air Show 2007 -
Sagem Défense Sécurité © Photo.
Developed and produced
by Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group), the AASM comprises a guidance kit
and a range extension kit fitted to different types of bomb bodies already
in service. These kits give the weapon a range exceeding 50 kilometers, plus
precision strike capability.
Following the successful
tests of the AASM with inertial/GPS guidance, this successful first test of
the AASM fitted with an infrared imager confirms the capabilities of this
weapon – the only one of its kind in the world. Both versions of the AASM
support all-weather, day/night firing, at standoff range from enemy air
defenses. The AASM will be deployed by French air force and navy Rafale
fighters starting at the end of 2007.
Consisting of two divisions, Sagem
Avionics and Sagem Optronics and Defense, Sagem
Défense Sécurité is a high-technology company in SAFRAN Group. It
is among the worldwide leaders in its respective businesses.
Sagem Avionics Division is present in two main areas: inertial navigation,
where it is the leading European company and the third largest worldwide,
and aeronautic systems, where it is the worldwide leader in helicopter
Sagem Optronics and Defense Division designs and develops thermal vision
equipment and air-land systems. It is the European leader in surveillance
and fire control optronics.
Through SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.
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