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Boeing wins a $3.2 bn USAF contract for JDAM tail kits

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Boeing Defense
 
 
Boeing wins a $3.2 bn USAF contract for JDAM tail kits
 
The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $3.2 billion US Air Force contract for Joint Direct Attack Munitions tail kits (JDAM), the US DoD stated on Tuesday May 31, 2016. The JDAM is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs into all-weather "smart" munitions.
     
Boeing wins a 3 2 bn USAF contract for JDAM tail kits 640 001Boeing's JDAM tail kit converts "dumb" bombs in "smart" bombs
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
     
The original contract was awarded on October 30, 2014 for a maximum amount of $1.7 billion, but that amount has since increased by $1.4 billion due to warfighter demand and to replenish depleted inventories, the Defense Department explained.

The US 2016 military budget allocated 7,000 JDAM munitions and 2,800 Hellfire missiles to all overseas contingency operations, including Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. For internal procurements, the United States plans to purchase around 14,000 JDAM bombs and 4,200 Hellfire missiles.
 

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