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May 19, 2015

Israel to receive JDAM tail kits from US for $1.87bn

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth around $1.87bn to Israel for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

By Samseer M

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth around $1.87bn to Israel for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale.

Under this proposed deal, approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel.

Of the total, 10,000 JDAMs will be used for Mk-84, 500 bombs, as well as Mk-83, 4,000, Mk-82, 3,500 Mk-82, 4,500 Mk-83, 50 BLU-113, and 4,100 GBU-39 Small Diameter bombs.

"Under this proposed deal, approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel."

In addition, the delivery will also include 1,500 Mk-83 and 700 BLU-109 Paveway kits, as well as 3,000 AGM-114K / R Hellfire missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium range air-to-air missiles and 500 DSU-38A / B Detector Laser Illuminated Target kits for JDAMs.

These deliveries will help Israel’s self-defence requirements and the munitions will allow it to maintain operational capability of its existing systems, while also improve interoperability with the US.

For the US, this deal will allow it to maintain its national interests to assist Israel in order to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defence capability.

Principal contractor for this sale will be Boeing.

In May this year, the US State Department approved a potential FMS to Singapore for equipment, including eight KMU-572/B 500lb JDAM tail kits, nine KMU-556/B 2000lb JDAM tail kits and two FMU-152 munition fuse units.

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