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French defense procurement agency DGA awarded Sagem a major
contract in late December 2009 for AASM (Armement Air-Sol
air-to-ground weapons to be deployed by the French air force.
The contract covers:
terminal guidance version.
Developed and produced by Sagem, the AASM weapon comprises a
guidance kit and range augmentation kit integrated on a standard 250 kg
bomb. The AASM family also includes 125, 500 and 1,000 kg bombs.
Fired from standoff distance day or night and in all weather conditions,
the AASM offers a range exceeding 50 kilometers. Sagem says the AASM
can be released at low altitude, and can also be fired off-axis, in relation to
the aircraft’s flight path. It offers very high precision and strikes its target
vertically, a feature suited to asymmetrical conflicts.
The company says this makes it the perfect weapon for combat in
difficult terrain or urban environments, for both planned missions and
family, which already includes two versions qualified on the Rafale
guidance. In particular, the new version enables precision strikes against
France orders 3,400
Sagem (Safran group)
guided AASM air-to-
AASM 250kg version Credit: Sagem
Boeing begins 737
training for Royal
Australian Air Force
Boeing announced on March 3 that it has launched the first
maintenance training program conducted under the five-year
In-Service Support (ISS) contract for Project Wedgetail, Australia’s
737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program.
Training began on Feb. 15 with five Boeing Defence Australia instructors
and 32 students from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 2 Squadron.
The 147-day program, held in the AEW&C Support Centre at RAAF Base
Williamtown, is a combination of classroom- and computer-based lessons,
Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) simulator sessions, and “real life” flight
“Realistic, integrated training is essential to mission readiness, and our
Wedgetail 737 AEW&C training programs are designed to mirror the way
RAAF personnel are expected to perform maintenance activities in the
field,” said Grant Drew, an AEW&C maintenance instructor for Boeing
The AEW&C Support Centre, established in 2004 under the Project
Wedgetail System Acquisition Contract (SAC), houses the OFT, an
Operational Mission Simulator and a Mission Support System to support
Australia’s six 737 AEW&C aircraft.
ISS training follows a series of basic maintenance training courses
delivered under the Project Wedgetail SAC. Boeing delivered the first
two Wedgetail aircraft to the RAAF on Nov. 26, allowing flight and
mission crews to launch the first ISS maintenance training programs
using the aircraft.
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