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Boeing produces 250,000th JDAM kit

Aug. 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Boeing Co. said it has produced its 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit since the item was introduced in 1998.

JDAM, when attached to a free-fall, or dumb bomb, effectively converts the munition into a near-precision weapon.

New variants allow warfighters to prosecute moving targets and deploy the weapon from greater distances, capabilities that come with little to no development risk since they are based on proven

"The JDAM remains a valuable asset to warfighters around the world," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott W. Jansson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. "From the onset of the program, we saw the worth JDAM added to our mission portfolio, and we are still seeing the dividends through its advanced technologies."

Boeing said the company's facility in St. Charles, Mo., produces more than 40 JDAM kits daily.

"It's been an honor to produce JDAM for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and America's allies these past 15 years," said Debbie Rub, Boeing vice president & general manager, Global Strike. "The JDAM continues to protect warfighters with its precision accuracy and unmatched mission reliability."

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