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JDAMSJoint Direct Attack Munitions System
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For comparison, one US Hellfire missile is said to cost around $100,000, and one JDAM around $25,000, not including the bomb.
As of September 2009, DSCA reported that Letters of Offer and Acceptance for the sale of JDAM warheads and bomb bodies to Saudi Arabia had been signed, along with a contract for 900 warheads scheduled for delivery in 2011.
Keen to bolster Middle East allies against an ascendant Iran, the Bush administration last year proposed supplying Gulf Arab states with $20 billion (BD7.56bn) in new weapons, including Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb kits for the Saudis.
The main component of the JDAM is not the bomb itself, but rather its tail kit, which can also be installed on an ordinary bomb.
Warfighters knew they could rely on JDAMs and were able to use the 500-pound version of the weapon for the first time.
Remember also we'd just dropped 80 500-pound JDAMs, GPS-guided weapons off of a B-2 against 80 separate targets.
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.
A few months ago, after Israel learned Cairo was seeking JDAMS, Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, declared "Israel is now facing two potentially existential threats ...
On this day, we planned, briefed, and arrived at the jet to preflight our 27 MK-82s and 12 GBU-31V1 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs).
If you had offered the B-1 with JDAMs in direct support of ground forces as a solution 10 years ago, I would have laughed heartily because it's not what we envisioned.
The laser-guided bombs used during the Vietnam War have been augmented by the addition of highly accurate Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs).