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Sagem Défense Sécurité successfully fires the AASM modular air-to-ground weapon

Paris – May 28, 2007 -- On April 23, 2007, the French defense procurement agency (DGA) carried out the first successful complete firing of the AASM modular air-to-ground weapon. A French Air Force pilot fired the AASM from a Rafale fighter.

The mission involved several stand-off firings at separate targets – one of which was 90° off-boresight – plus a salvo of three AASMs. All targets were struck with the planned precision, with the Rafale’s Frontal Sector Optronics allowing the pilot to observe the impacts in real time and submit a video debrief of the firings.

The AASM is a modular weapon developed by Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group). It contains guidance and range enhancement kits that can be adapted to bomb bodies in service, providing increased range and high-precision strikes.

The three AASM qualification firings previously carried out by the Mirage 2000N demonstrated a range over 50km at high altitudes and 15km at low ones, with high-speed impacts that had better precision that indicated in the specifications.

This complete AASM Rafale firing constitutes the first multi-target air-to-ground firing of its scope carried out in Europe. Unequalled worldwide, the AASM provides armed forces with new air-to-ground capabilities.


About Sagem Défense Sécurité :

Sagem Défense Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields: navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control; optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics; and the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.

Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.

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