Boeing Wins $344.5M to Provide Precision Laser Guidance Sets for Laser JDAMs

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Boeing Wins $344.5M to Provide Precision Laser Guidance Sets for Laser JDAMs
GBU-54 laser Joint Direct Attack Munition

Boring has won a contract worth $344.5 million to provide Precision Laser Guidance Sets for the U.S. military’s Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAMs).

“This modification increases the contract ceiling to procure up to a maximum quantity of 24,000 additional Precision Laser Guidance Sets in support of the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition program for Navy, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers,” a U.S. DoD release today said.

Work is expected to be completed in February 2025.

LASER JDAM

The Laser Joint Attack Direct Munition (Laser JDAM) expands the capabilities of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit produced by Boeing that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into near-precision guided “smart” weapons. The JDAM kit consists of a tail section that contains a Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System and body strakes for additional stability and lift.

Because of its modular design, an affordable laser sensor kit can easily be installed on an existing JDAM in the field within minutes. In addition to the outstanding all-weather GPS/INS capability that conventional JDAMs offer, Laser JDAM now adds the flexibility to prosecute targets of opportunity, including mobile and even maritime targets.

Laser JDAM is operational on U.S. Air Force F-15E and F-16 and U.S. Navy F/A-18 and A/V-8B platforms. Boeing completed the Laser JDAM development and testing cycle in less than 17 months, and delivered the first production Laser JDAMs to the U.S. Air Force in May 2008.

Laser JDAM was successfully employed in combat in Iraq in August 2008. The U.S. Navy’s first Laser JDAMs were delivered in October 2008. In March 2010, the Navy selected Laser JDAM to satisfy its Direct Attack Moving Target Capability (DAMTC) requirement.

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