France agreed to equip Indian Rafale fighters with an all-weather hammer air-to-ground smart weapon, in addition to the MICA air-to-air missiles, METEOR missiles and the SCALP air-to-ground weapon. The hammer is a weapon and you forget that without the availability of GPS it can be launched from a very short range to a very long range of 70 kilometers and has a high resistance to interference and target location errors.
According to senior officials, the hammer contract was signed between the two governments in September 2020 and the weapons in bulk will be delivered to the Golden Arrows squad at the Indian air force station in Ambala by the end of the month.
Defense cooperation between India and France is such that the hammer weapon would normally have been delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) within a year, but the French Air Force decided to ditch the limited weapons from its inventory to respond to the emergency. in New Delhi responds. Requirement. The Rafale fighter is on the IAF’s front line, currently on high alert (SEE) at four points along the line of effective control due to aggression from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The second group of three Rafale fighters flew in air-to-air tankers from Bordeaux last night and joined the Ambala squadron today.
The hammer weapon can be used for multi-target attacks and is maintenance-free due to reduced life cycle costs. Thanks to the data connection function, the weapon is aware of the hostile environment and has full flexibility to hit the target. In addition to using a special warhead and aerial explosive capability, the angle of impact can be set for maximum destruction up to full vertical immersion.
While the MICA has an air-to-air destruction capability with a maximum range of 80 km, the METEOR missile has a visibility range of more than almost 140 km. The SCALP is a long-range air-to-ground weapon with a range of 300 km and a 450 kg warhead. It flies just below the speed of sound and has an infrared image connection guide.
With the advent of the hammer weapon, the Indian Rafale now has a full armament with the ability to dominate and destroy the enemy, be it a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 fighter or a J-Fighter. 20 with the PLA Air Force.