France’s Safran, and Germany’s Diehl have signed up to work together on the development of a small, lightweight tactical air-to-ground weapon.

Diehl, which is best own for the development of the IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile, says the Hussar will benefit from recent operational experiences that have often called for smaller, lower-cost weapons capable of hitting small, fleeting targets with minimal collateral damage. The weapon would be carried on what Diehl called a smart multi-launcher capable of carrying six to eight weapons. Each is carried upside down, with the wing deploying once released. Development of the weapon will focus on current and future platforms including the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and the EuroMALE unmanned air system.

Diehl says the weapon will feature an “innovative navigation platform” working in conjunction with various seekers, including a semi-active laser sensor.

France has been studying the potential of small, low-collateral weapons through its own small-diameter tactical bomb (ASPTT) studies, releasing an adapted version of the BAT-120 runway denial munition from a Mirage 2000D last year.