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 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)

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JDAM attached to a conventional bomb


The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km). JDAM-equipped bombs range from 500 pounds (227 kg) to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature, superseding the Mark 80 or BLU (Bomb, Live Unit) nomenclature of the bomb to which it is attached.


The JDAM is not a stand-alone weapon, rather it is a "bolt-on" guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into Precision-Guided Munitions, or PGMs. The key components of the system consist of a tail section with aerodynamic control surfaces, a (body) strake kit, and a combined inertial guidance system and GPS guidance control unit.


The JDAM was meant to improve upon laser-guided bomb and imaging infrared technology, which can be hindered by bad ground and weather conditions. Laser seekers are now being fitted to some JDAMs.


From 1998 to August 20, 2013, Boeing delivered 250,000 JDAM kits, producing over 40 guidance kits per day.

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Air Force again crafting new acquisition baseline estimate for JDAM. The Air Force is updating its acquisition baseline for Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition program for the third time after it again overran expected procurement costs, according to a December 2017 Selected Acquisition Report ...
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet at Santiago international airport earlier this month Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters. In September 2015 the USAF said it had 183 of the jets, with each one costing 143 million dollars (£100 million). It can carry two 1,000 lb (450 kg) Joint Direct Attack Munition ... air strikes

The Air Force increased Boeing's contract for the Joint Direct Attack Munition program by $311.8 million, the Defense Department said April 2. "This ceiling increase provides for JDAM strap-on inertial guidance kits with the capability to receive guidance updates from global positioning systems to ...
... Space and Security segment recently won a $312-million ceiling increase modification contract for providing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits. ... Per the terms, Boeing will offer additional JDAM strap-on inertial guidance kits that would receive guidance updates from global positioning systems.
Boeing has been awarded a ceiling increase modification to a previously awarded contract for the provision of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits. The modification is valued at over $311 million. The deal provides for JDAM strap-on inertial guidance kits with the capability to receive ...
Boeing (NYSE: BA) has received a $311.8 million ceiling increase modification under a U.S. Air Force contract for the production of Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits. The company will supply the military service with JDAM inertial guidance kits designed to increase bomb accuracy through ...

For the Air Force, the Joint Direct Attack Munition program showed the biggest cost growth of about $1.2 billion or almost 12 percent. ... The report also stated that increased demand for JDAM production, growing requirements for "weapons instrumentation telemetry kits" for the Air Force, and revised ...
The F-35A stealth fighter is capable of carrying precision-guided bombs such as Joint Direct Attack Munition and other devices for electronic warfare. Those capabilities allow the F-35A to operate deep in the North Korean territory without being shot down by the heavily-dense anti-missile system in ...
... its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and Ground Based Midcourse Defense missile interceptors, its Joint Direct Attack Munition and other weapons, Defense One reported. Vice President Norm Tew, who led the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, will lead the Missile and Weapon Systems unit.
As a side note, along with the AGM-88B and E, the Italian Tornado ECR can carry JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions)as part of the Tornado ECR RET8 “IT Full MLU” retrofit program. The 155° Gruppo (Squadron) has achieved the mission capability qualification with the new GBU-32 JDAMs (the same ...
It will include Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense programmes, as well as Joint Direct Attack Munition and other weapons that are produced by the company outside St. Louis, Missouri. Norm Tew, currently head of engineering for what today is called the Space and ...
Alternately, the B-21 could be used as a missile truck, launching up to sixteen JASSM-ERs at enemy targets from a distance, or penetrating less sophisticated enemy defenses to deliver JDAMs on target. The B-21 will also need to carry the thirty-thousand-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb, the ...
The Air Force fields the bomb in just one configuration, combined with a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS-guidance kit and the service refers to the complete system as the GBU-38(V)5/B. Ground crews will often assemble the weapons with air burst fuzes with DSU-33/B proximity sensor, which ...
Airmen work to assemble a number of 500-pound class GBU-38/B JDAMs. ... By using standard bomb shapes, the Air Force will be able to combine both weapons with existing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS-guidance and Paveway II and III-series laser-guidance kits to create new precision ...
The Joint Direct Attack Munition gets a lot of the press these days because of how precise and lethal it is. Its GPS guidance, however, is actually just one of three general approaches to precision-guided weapons. Outside of GPS guidance systems, ordnance is directed by lasers and television. All of these ...
Boeing is to be contracted to double the annual production rate of its DSU-38A/B laser guidance kit for the US military. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has announced in an amended notification posted on 15 February that Boeing is to increase the production capacity for the DSU-38A/B ...
A video of the test not only shows the number of bombs a B-2 can carry, but it also shows just how accurate JDAMs are. Note, the runways are also thoroughly ... For instance, the B-2 is capable of dropping precision-guided weapons, namely the Joint Direct Attack Munition. The GBU-31 is a 2,000-pound ...

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing (NYSE: BA) a two-year, $195 million contract modification to produce additional tail kits for the service branch's Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The modification will increase the cumulative face value of a previously awarded JDAM tail kit production contract to nearly ...
ST. CHARLES, MO - Boeing is already one of the largest employers in St. Charles County, now they're bringing more business to the region thanks to their Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance kits. Senator Bill Eigel of Missouri's 23rd district said, “Several more JDAM kits have been ordered and it'll ...
F-35 aircraft, CF-2, completed the final SDD flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, April 11, 2018. The F-35C completed a mission to collect loads data while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles. (Photo ...
... conventional weapons continues. When completed, this will allow internal carriage of eight JDAM GPS-guided bombs, eight Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) or eight Miniature Air Launched Decoys (MALDs). The B-52 can already carry 16 JDAMs or 12 JASSMs externally on wing pylons.
The first increment of IWBU integrates an internal weapons bay ability to fire a laser-guided JDAM. A second increment, to finish by 2022, will integrate more modern or cutting-edge weapons such as the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, JASSM Extended Range (ER) and a technology called ...
It has also been cleared for the carriage of two GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs and the GBU-38 500 lb variant of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and for mixed loads of these weapons. To date, the Reaper has been employed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and ...
The Joint Direct Attack Munition gets a lot of the press these days because of how precise and lethal it is. Its GPS guidance, however, is actually just one of three general approaches to precision-guided weapons. Outside of GPS guidance systems, ordnance is directed by lasers and television. All of these ...
5. The Air Force trains hard… just not always to kill. When you flip a light switch, the lights go on. It seems simple, but a lot of preparation, training, and work went into what happened behind your wall. A JDAM works the same way. Aircraft maintainers, ammo troops, and pilots train relentlessly for years to make sure that kind ...
Next to the JHMCS II, South Korea's fleet of KF-16s with advanced weapons systems including the AIM-120 mid-range air-to-air missile and the GBU-31JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) air-to-ground guided bomb under he ROKAF's F-16 Peace Bridge Upgrade (PBU) program, which began in November ...
It's the largest contraption of its kind and is key in teaching ground crews how to load the B-2 up with some of the deadliest weapons on earth. By Tyler RogowayFebruary 18, 2018. The War Zone · B-2 · B-61 · B-83 · JASSM · JDAM · MOP · Munitions · ordnance · Replica · Spirit · Stealth Bomber · Trainer · training aid ...
Boeing is to be contracted to double the annual production rate of its DSU-38A/B laser guidance kit for the US military. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has announced in an amended notification posted on 15 February that Boeing is to increase the production capacity for the DSU-38A/B ...
In the second Lebanon war (2006), Israel tried to kill Nasrallah using JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) bunker busters. Either 11 or 12 of them were dropped, one after the other, on a building where Nasrallah was believed to be holed up in its fortified basement, but Nasrallah managed to walk out of it ...
BA recently won a $195-million modification contract for providing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits. The contract has been awarded by the Air ... Per the terms, Boeing's Defense Space and Security segment will manufacture additional JDAM tail kits. Notably, the cumulative value of the contract ...
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing (NYSE: BA) a two-year, $195 million contract modification to to produce additional tail kits for the service branch's Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The modification will increase the cumulative face value of a previously awarded JDAM tail kit production contract to nearly ...
The fuse is compatible for use on a wide range of weapons, including general purpose bombs and guided bombs that use joint direct attack munition (JDAM) or Paveway kits on US aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, and the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It can also be used ...
For anyone doubting Rah-C's steady rise, this track declares that he's been "working in the trenches," producing his own beats and making connections with other acts of his size, like JDAM, who features on the track. Of the collab, Rah-C says: "JDAM had reached out to me wanting to build, and after I ...
Even with the addition of targeting systems and two 2,000 pound (lb) class Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), the aircraft has a mission radius exceeding 1,300 kms 30 per cent greater than that of its closest competitor, he said. "Many of the advances in systems on the aircraft India would get draw ...
The FMU-139C/B is an electro-mechanical impact/impact delay fuzing system designed for guided and unguided high-explosive munitions. It is the primary fuze for the Mk 80 Series general-purpose aerial ordnance and also is used on other weapon systems, such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) ...
Alongside its nuclear arsenal, the B-2 will carry a wide range of conventional weapons to include precision-guided 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, 5,000-pound JDAMs, Joint Standoff Weapons, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles and GBU 28 5,000-pound bunker buster weapons, ...
... the previous July, had “full and unfettered access” for several months, and exfiltrated about 30GB of data including, “restricted technical information on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the C-130 transport aircraft, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) smart bomb kit, ...
Boeing will produce more Joint Direct Attack Munition smart bombs, otherwise known as JDAMs, under a shift in Pentagon funding. ... in Iraq and Syria and Taliban forces in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have long acknowledged that the JDAM is the U.S.'s most widely used precision-guided weapon.
They produced their 300,000th JDAM. “The good news is the armed services have renewed those contracts to replenish military stocks and that work will be coming right here. It's going to ensure that folks working in that facility right now will have work now and into the future.” Senator Eigel also says this ...
A video of the test not only shows the number of bombs a B-2 can carry, but it also shows just how accurate JDAMs are. Note, the runways are also thoroughly ... For instance, the B-2 is capable of dropping precision-guided weapons, namely the Joint Direct Attack Munition. The GBU-31 is a 2,000-pound ...
They were attempting to throw off JDAM accuracy by jamming the GPS signal in the guidance of JDAMs.” “More recently, two USN swift boats were traveling off the coast of Iran using GPS navigation when they were spoofed into entering Iranian waters, where they were boarded and held captive for several ...
Used for the first time in the RSAF's “Forging Sabre” exercise, a 2,000-lb GBU-31 JDAM is being loaded onto an F-15SG. ... The GBU-54 Laser-JDAMs are preferred over the GBU-10 against moving targets, as they provide greater flexibility, firing envelope, and maneuverability for a high-accuracy strike.
The loadout for fighter aircraft will be a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and an AIM-120 missile. The B-1 will be loaded with two JDAM's. The load crew competition aims to showcase the efficiency of the load crew teams to safely and reliably arm a fighter or bomber within time constraints. The ability to ...
Okay, so you've seen gun-camera footage and maybe you've seen the combat debut of the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Burst bomb, but long before weapons are used on the bad guys, the United States Armed Forces give them a few test runs. Dropping a bomb from an airplane is a lot more complicated than you might ...
The JPF is compatible for use on a wide range of weapons, including general purpose bombs and guided bombs that use joint direct attack munition (JDAM) or Paveway kits on US aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, and the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is also used on ...
Air Force Staff Sgt. Clinton Parkins, 23rd Maintenance Squadron line delivery supervisor, inspects the alignment of a joint direct-attack munition at Moody Air ... While learning to build the JDAM, safety and overall situational awareness were emphasized, the squadron's noncommissioned officer in charge of ...
... giving it the ability to drop a Small Diameter Bomb, 500-pound JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) and AIM-9X short-range air-to-air missile, ...
Satellite-guided PGMs such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) were introduced to help address the shortfalls of LGBs, but modern ...
The unit employed both the Spice 2000 and the Boeing GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) on the Peace Bridge Upgrade (PBU) ...
Meanwhile, the F-35B—which has shorter weapons bays—substitutes the 1000lbs GBU-32 JDAM in place of the larger GBU-31. Even with the ...


 

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