OIS Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) and Sagem (Safran) of France have signed an MoU to create a Joint Venture for the manufacturing of Sagem's AASM Hammer Bomb Guidance and Glide Kit in India. With this Sagem has declared OIS-AT as the Indian Manufacturer for this weapon system.
Considered to be the most advanced, precision Bomb Guidance and Range Extension kit, the AASM Hammer originally designed and manufactured by Sagem for the requirements of the French Air-Force and Navy on-board the Rafale aircraft, is intended to cater to requirements of the Indian Air Force's high precision munition requirements. The AASM Hammer has been extensively proven in combat, and the version that will be manufactured in India will be customized to specifically meet Indian Air Force requirements.
"We are pleased that Sagem is collaborating with us with their combat proven, world leading, high precision munitions guidance and range extension kit. With its impressive list of advanced features, Sagem's AASM Hammer is the foundation for our joint venture to specifically cater to the requirements of the Indian Air Force under the government's Make In India program. This collaboration further endorses our corporate strategy of becoming the Industrial Partner of Choice for leading global companies", said Sanjay Bhandari, Chairman and Managing Director of OIS Advanced Technology.
"We are pleased to collaborate with OIS-AT with our combat proven, high precision, AASM Hammer Guidance and Range Extension kit for aerial munitions for the Indian Air Force. With OIS-AT we have a partner with a core focus and appreciation of advanced technologies and innovation to advance our joint interests for the Indian Air Force", said Martin Sion, CEO of Sagem.
With modern combat moving to high precision weaponry, it has become necessary for traditional blast fragmentation munitions, and the more modern penetration munitions, to be guided with high precision to their targets from standoff ranges. The AASM Hammer from Sagem is an extremely high precision Guidance and Range Extension kit which is attached to aerial launched munitions to meet the high precision targeting needs of modern warfare.
Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Apr 19, 2016