Rafale: flight tests of the new 1000 kg AASM ammunition have started

A few months ago, we introduced you to details the new F4 standard of the French fighter Rafale, produced by Dassault Aviation. In addition to significant improvements in sensors, connectivity and logistics, the Rafale F4 also had to integrate new air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry. If the MICA-NG and the renovated SCALP are based on known armaments, the 1000 kg AASM developed by Safran is indeed a completely new munition.

For several years now, models of the AASM-1000 have been exhibited at various air shows and exhibitions. Since the launch of the F4 program in January 2019, however, there has been no news of this new powered bomb intended to replace the GBU-24 of American origin under the wings of the Rafale. Until today, however, when a photo of a Rafale equipped with a pair of AASM-1000 was revealed on social networks, in particular on the Twitter account of Defense'Aero.

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