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Safran will stop the Hammer production if Dassault won't allow integration on foreign aircraft

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World Air Force News - France
 
 
Safran will stop the Hammer production if Dassault won't allow integration on foreign aircraft.
 

Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran's Chief Executive, told (during an informal dinner) to the defence commissions of the Senate and the National Assembly as well as high-ranking army officers and senior industry managers, that unless the firm is allowed to export the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) precision guided munition (PGM) independently of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, then production of the munition will come to a close.

     

AASM (Photo credit : FAF)
     

"The Rafale is not exported at a sufficient rhythm to allow us to maintain production of the AASM. A non-decision concerning an agreement to sell the AASM on its own signs its death warrant," said Herteman on 8 April.

The AASM or "HAMMER" is a stand-off, precision guided ammunition with a range of 60 Km.