Boeing awarded $6.5 billion contract for JDAM guided bomb tailkits

The modification to a 2015 JDAM contract "involves foreign military sales to currently unknown countries"

Boeing was awarded more than $6.5 billion in a five-year extension to an earlier contract for JDAM guided bomb tailkits, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a release.

The firm-fixed-price modification increases the ceiling on a 2015 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8213-15-D-0002) for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits, spares, repairs and technical services by by $6,534,283,787 to more than $10 billion, the Friday, June 14 release said.

Work is expected to be complete by February 28, 2025.

This modification “involves foreign military sales to currently unknown countries,” but “Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $904,849,700 are being obligated for the Lot 23 delivery order at the time of award,” the release said.

The bolt-on Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit contains a GPS-aided inertial navigational system that converts unguided general purpose 500-lb, 1,000-lb and 2,000-lb “dumb” gravity bombs into accurate, guided “smart bombs,” significantly improving their accuracy. Once released, the JDAM autonomously navigates to the designated coordinates.

In May, Boeing was awarded a $140 million modification to a separate 2016 contract (N00019-16-D-1002) to procure up to 12,000 additional Precision Laser Guidance Sets for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition.

This variant, developed Boeing and Israel’s Elbit Systems, adds a laser seeker to the nose of the bomb to give precision terminal guidance including the ability to engage moving targets to the JDAM.

A month earlier, Boeing was awarded a new $250 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8681-19-D-0005) for JDAM- and LJDAM-specific activities including, but not limited to, technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. Foreign military sales to various countries accounted for 48% of the contract value.

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