are bombs that come equipped with GPS systems.
Single Points of Failure for JDAM
Tail Kit Production
The possibility that the JDAM
kits would be used to upgrade the country's unguided bombs to so-called "smart bombs" for use in the Yemeni conflict was "looking to be one of the big factors" that could derail the deal, Daniels said.
Boeing has also developed a new wing kit which when connected to the JDAM
guidance kit increases the bomb's range from approximately 12.9nm (24km) to more than 38nm (72km); this variant is dubbed the JDAM-ER (Extended Range): "The JDAMER kit takes advantage of the conventional JDAM
aircraft interface and Boeing GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb glide technology," said Greg Coffey, director for Boeing JDAM
programmes: "With the JDAM-ER customers have the increased standoff range needed to neutralise current and future threats." The Royal Australian Air Force is currently the only operator of the JDAM-ER.
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.
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.
Under command from the attached Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM
) tail kit, the weapon flew around 40 nautical miles (nm) and impacted the water.
I copied down the 9-Line and frantically tried to put the target coordinates into my system, setting up for a simulated joint-direct-attack-munition (JDAM
The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM
), often referred to as the "Warfighter's Weapon of Choice," is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurately guided, near-precision "smart" weapons.
This was the second in-flight weapons release in three days for AF-1 as it completed the release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM
The Pentagon is considering a significant sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM
) made by Boeing Co, adding to other recent arms deals with the UAE.