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France aims for air-to-ground precision

11th January 2017 - 14:48 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul


The French DGA has awarded Safran a contract for the provision of guidance kits for its air-launched bombs.

Under the contract, awarded on 29 December, the company will upgrade the long-range precision-guided bombs in its Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon (AASM) inventory to block four standard.

The DGA told Shephard on 9 January that Block 4 will see the replacement of several components found in existing AASM kits, thus allowing a reduction in the acquisition cost, while retaining identical performances.

The contract includes the development of the new standard and acquisition of undisclosed number of weapons, the DGA added. Safran Electronics &

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Victor Barreira


Victor Barreira

Victor M.S. Barreira is a Shephard correspondent, covering South American defence and security affairs.

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