Boeing Secures $7.5B Deal for USAF Guided Bomb Kits

Boeing Secures $7.5B Deal for USAF Guided Bomb Kits

Boeing Secures $7.5B Deal for USAF Guided Bomb Kits that convert unguided bombs into precision-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). The fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity deal will see Boeing provide JDAM tail kits, spares, repairs, technical support, and laser sensor kits through February 2030.

Boosting Guided Munitions Stockpiles

The Air Force did not specify the exact number of JDAM kits to be procured under this sole-source contract. However, it comes at a time when the U.S. military is prioritizing rebuilding its stockpiles of guided air to ground munitions like the JDAM to maintain operational readiness and support allied nations.

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Addressing Supply Chain Constraints

Awarding such a large, long-term contract aims to help address supply chain constraints impacting the U.S. defense industrial base’s ability to surge production of critical munitions. Military leaders have expressed concerns about limited workforce and material supplies hindering the output of key weapons systems.

Converting “Dumb” Bombs to Precision-Guided Munitions JDAM kits convert unguided aerial bombs ranging from 500 to 2,000 pounds into accurate, GPS-guided munitions. The kits include a navigational system and control unit allowing the bomb to be precisely steered to ground targets from aircraft, even in adverse weather conditions.

Supporting Allied Militaries

While the contract predominantly supports U.S. Air Force requirements, the Navy is providing additional funding, and nearly $228 million is allocated for foreign military sales of JDAM kits to allied nations. Production will be carried out at Boeing’s facility in St. Louis, Missouri.

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