Ukrainian Forces Strike russian Troops at Avdiivka Coke Plant Using AASM Hammer Guided Bombs

The AASM Hammer guided bombs
The AASM Hammer guided bombs

The type of aircraft using these guided aerial bombs is currently unknown

Video footage available in the public domain confirms reports that the Ukrainian military struck russian troops at the Avdiivka Coke Plant with a guided aerial bomb of the AASM type, produced in France, weighing 250 kilograms.

To adjust and document the results of the strike, a UAV from one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was deployed. And thus, this became the first publicly documented case of the use of French AASM Hammer guided bomb against the aggressors.

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The first announcement of France's intention to provide Ukraine with the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) Hammer guided bomb arrived only in mid-January 2024. At that time, the pace at which Paris was willing to transfer such weaponry was announced – fifty guided bombs per month or 600 units per year.

AASM Hammer bombs on the hardpoints of a Dassault Rafale fighter
AASM Hammer bombs on the hardpoints of a Dassault Rafale fighter / Open source illustrative photo

Essentially, AASM Hammer is an equivalent of the American JDAM, and it is also a conventional bomb to which a kit is attached, transforming this weapon into a precision-guided one. Defense Express provided more details about the characteristics of AASM Hammer in a separate publication.

Also, Defense Express reported that French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu stated that France has invested its own resources and adapted MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft for AASM Hammer guided air-to-surface missiles.

Layout of an AASM Hammer / Image credit: Safran
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