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AASM 125  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: SBU-38 Hammer
Origin: France
Corporations: MBDA and Sagem Defense Securite
Parent System: AASM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 4,150
Total Cost: USD$300 million
Family Members: AASM 1000, AASM 250, AASM 500, AASM IR and AASM Laser
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Description: The AASM (Armament Air-Sol Modulaire/ Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon) is a low-cost, modification kit for unguided or dumb bombs in order to convert them into precision guided munitions. AASM weapons will be available in different versions with the bomb's accuracy ranging from more than one to more than 10 meters. This new weapon will be released from safe standoff ranges of about 15 km released from low altitude to up to 50-60 km released from high altitude. The hybrid guidance system is based in a combination of GPS (Global Positioning System) and solid-state gyro Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with night/day IR imaging terminal guidance being provided only for the high accuracy 1-meter Circular Error Probable (CEP) version.

The Kalman filtering system is the core navigation system of the AASM weapon and is based on the comparison of positioning data coming from the IMU and the weapon's GPS. Before the launch, the Kalman filtering system aligns with the aircraft's precision positioning system. For fighter aircraft based on aircraft carriers, the Kalman filtering system alignment is done with the high-precision navigation system of the aircraft carrier. After the weapon drop, the navigation system guides the weapon autonomously to the assigned target at the pre-programmed impact angle and speed. The target coordinates are programmed into the weapon's system during the flight plan using a mission planning system.

The AASM weapon is intended to engage multiple targets on the ground simultaneously from standoff ranges in all weather conditions. According to French sources, AASM weapons will be able to destroy any target present on the battlefield. In the early 2000s, the French Ministry of Defense placed an order worth €300 million with Sagem for the supply of 3,000 AASMs (1,500 one meter accuracy and 1,500 10 meters accuracy) to the French Armed Forces' Mirage 2000 (up to 4 AASMs) and Rafale (up to 6 AASMs) attack aircraft. The AASMs are deemed as the French counterpart to the United States Joint Services JDAM family of fire-and-forget, precision-guided munitions.

The fire-and-forget 10 meters precision AASM 125 bomb features a GPS/INS-based guidance system and is fitted with an Mk-81 or BANG 125 250-lb class warheads.

AASM 125 Applications

Combat Aircraft Rafale B Rafale C Rafale M

AASM 125 Specifications

CEP: 10 meter
Max Range: 60,000 meter (32.4 nautical mile)
Min Range: 15,000 meter (8.10 nautical mile)
Weight: 125 kilogram (276 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AASM 125 News

There are 6 news between
19 Jun 2007 and 15 Jun 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015Egyptian Air Force Orders AASM Hammer Smart Guided Bombs for its Rafale Jets
Thursday, February 18, 2010France Places Order for 3,400 AASM Bombs Including Laser Version against Moving Targets
Tuesday, January 19, 2010Sagem Wins French Government Contract for Version 5 of the French Combat Aircraft Mission Planning System
Thursday, February 12, 2009First AASM 125 Weapon Tested Successfully
Monday, May 19, 2008MBDA and Sagem Sign Guided Weapons Cooperation Agreement
Tuesday, June 19, 2007Sagem Unveils AASM Familiy of Modular Weapons

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