Boeing to deliver additional JDAM to USAF
Boeing has secured a $325m contract to provide lot 20 joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) tailkits for the US Air Force (USAF).
The latest award is part of a $100m contract and is follow-on for an $88m order that was awarded for the first 3,500 tail kits.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company will supply a total of 15,000 tailkits to the USAF.
Additionally, the contract covers provision for technical services task management, non-warranty support induction and evaluation, and system field support.
Work under the contract will be performed at St. Louis, Missouri, US, with deliveries expected to be completed by 29 March 2018.
The JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit designed to convert existing 500lb, 1,000lb and 2,000lb unguided free-fall bombs into precisely guided smart munitions.
Equipped with adjustable tail fins and an inertial navigation system / global positioning system control unit, the kit is capable of accurately delivering bombs from very low to very high altitude even in adverse weather conditions.
The munitions are also currently used by the US Navy, with the MK-84 or MK-83 warhead, and have also been ordered by 26 foreign militaries worldwide.
The first production laser sensor kits were delivered to the USAF in May 2008 and were successfully employed in Iraq in August 2008.