Called a powered JDAM
), the proposed system is expected to have a range of well over 100 nm when launched from medium altitude.
Instituting continuous competition throughout DoD acquisition programs could replicate the success of the JDAM
model at a far grander scale, yielding significant benefits to our nation's warfighters as well as to the program offices that deliver capabilities to them.
The first generation of JDAMs
are vastly cheaper than laser-guided missiles--price tag: $250,000 to $1 million apiece--yet are even more accurate than most of the munitions used during the first Gulf War.
As the preferred munition in Operation Enduring Freedom, hampered with severely limited production, the Air Force spent $47M to enhance the Boeing facility used to make JDAM
Prior to integrating the JDAM
into the wing's munitions inventory, it is critical to verify and validate the building, loading, mission planning and employment checklists and procedures for the weapon.
Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said the American dead were special forces personnel and that five Afghan troops were also killed by the 2000lb satellite-guided JDAM
, or Joint Direct Attack, bomb.
tailkits can convert free-falling bombs into weapons guided by GPS and inertial guidance platforms.
Returning to our JDAM
example, even the F-16 is replaceable in the broader view: other aircraft can drop the JDAMs
The new weapon would need to kill a target as effectively as the GBU-31 JDAM
but work in a smaller area and cause less collateral damage.
Think about now the miss distance on this 2,000-pound class JDAM
is inside the length of the weapon.
Even the smallest precision-guided bomb now available in the fleet--the 500-pound JDAM
(joint direct attack munition)--is too big for many types of close-air support missions and puts friendly troops at risk, said Navy Capt.
The B-1B is loaded with software that allows aircrews to use ``smart'' weapons like the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Joint Standoff Weapon and JDAM
SSgt Downey was towing two each 4x JDAM
munitions trailers from the MSA to the flight line with a US Navy escort.
This tactic was successful, and we then put a JDAM
on an enemy bunker.
Taking advantage of these attributes, two VFA- 115 Super Hornets delivered their first-ever quantity-four JDAM
release in support of the "Shock and Awe" campaign.