Israel requests sale of JDAM tail kits from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) tail kits and associated parts to the Government of Israel.
As part of the estimated $647m sale, Israel has requested for the supply of a total of 6,900 JDAM tail kits, which includes 3,450 JDAM anti-jam KMU-556 (GBU-31) for MK-84 warheads, 1,725 KMU-557 (GBU-31) for BLU-109 warheads and 1,725 KMU-572 (GBU-38) for MK-82 warheads.
Additional deliveries include 3,450 MK-84 2,000lb general purpose bombs, 1,725 MK-82 500lb general purpose bombs, 1,725 BLU-109 bombs, 3,450 GBU-39 small diameter bombs, as well as 11,500 FMU-139, FMU-143 and FMU-152 fuses.
The proposed package will also include the provision of spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, as well as other related elements of programme support.
The potential sale fulfils the US Government's commitment to help Israel in the development and maintenance of operational capability of its existing munitions.
Prime contractors for the programme are Boeing, KDI Precision Products, Alliant Tech Systems, Kaman Dayron, Lockheed-Martin Missile and Fire Control, General Dynamics, and Raytheon Missile Systems.
Manufactured by Boeing and Lockheed, 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 currently used by the US Air Force and Navy, with the MK-84 or MK-83 warhead, and have also been ordered by 26 foreign militaries worldwide.
Image: The GBU-31(V)3/B JDAMs mounted on heavy stores adapter beam of a B-52H Stratofortress bomber. Photo: courtesy of the US Air Force.