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US State Department approved a $70mn FMS to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions

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World Defense & Security News - Turkey
 
 
US State Department approved a $70mn FMS to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions
 
The US State Department hasapproved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $70 million, the US Defense and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
     
US State Department approved a 70mn FMS with Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions 640 001Turkey requested sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions tail kits worth $70mn
     
The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits comprised of 400 GBU-31(V)1 for use with Mk84 bombs, 200 GBU-31(V)3 for use with BLU-109 bombs, 300 GBU-38 for use with Mk82 bombs, 100 GBU-54 Laser JDAM kits for use with Mk82 bombs, 200 BLU-109 Hard Target Penetrator Warheads, and 1000 FMU-152A/B fuzes. Non-MDE includes containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support, and other related elements of logistics support.


"This sale will enhance the Turkish Air Force’s ability to defend and provides a capability to contribute to future NATO operations. The proven reliability and compatibility of like-systems will foster increased interoperability between NATO and U.S. forces, and expand regional defenses to counter common threats to air, border, and shipping assets in the region," said the DSCA.

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km).

The principal contractor will be the Raytheon Corporation of Tucson, Arizona.