Boeing has also developed a new wing kit which when connected to the JDAM
guidance kit increases the bomb's range from approximately 12.
Powered by a turbofan engine with S-shaped exhaust to reduce infrared and radar signature and advanced stealth design such as an internal weapons systems, the Predator-C Avenger drone can carry 2000lb GBU-31 JDAM
bombs, 150kW HELLADS DEWs (Directed Energy Weapons) and more.
2016 military budget, allotment of 7,000 JDAM
munitions and 2,800 Hellfire missiles were done for all overseas contingency operations, also to include those in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
For comparison, one US Hellfire missile is said to cost around $100,000, and one JDAM
around $25,000, not including the bomb.
Boeing reported increasing its production of JDAMs
by over 80 percent in the month of July to keep up with orders from 26 countries.
The short range of the JDAM
provides little standoff, but the addition of a wing kit corrects that deficiency.
program reversed this trend by implementing an acquisition strategy that emphasized competition throughout its life cycle.
As of September 2009, DSCA reported that Letters of Offer and Acceptance for the sale of JDAM
warheads and bomb bodies to Saudi Arabia had been signed, along with a contract for 900 warheads scheduled for delivery in 2011.
The laser version of the JDAM
adds a laser seeker to the nose of the JDAM
-equipped bomb, which improves its ability to accurately engage moving targets.
For example, in Iraq we had many instances where there was a sniper firing from a rooftop and you have a squad trying to engage that target, but the Soldiers couldn't get to him with the weapons they had, so they'd call in the Air Force to drop a JDAM
(joint direct attack munition)," he said.
The two partners will co-develop the wing kit to convert the JDAM
into a JDAM
ER over the next 40 months.
Two Israeli security sources said the US further mollified the Olmert government with an "understanding in principle" that future JDAM
sales to Israel would include advanced technologies not on offer to Saudi Arabia.