Boeing's JDAM weapon program reaches new milestone

Boeing announced on Tuesday that it hit a milestone when it made the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit.

The program, which began in 1998, creates reliable and affordable near precise weapons that are converted from unguided munitions. More than 40 JDAM kits are made every day in Boeing's St. Charles facility.

"The JDAM remains a valuable asset to warfighters around the world," U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott W. Jansson said. "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."

The JDAMs have a range of more than 15 nautical miles and are able to destroy high-value targets in day or night, in any weather and at minimal risk to air crews. Since its inception, new variants like the Laser JDAM and JDAM Extended Range have allowed warfighters to attack moving targets and deploy the weapon from greater distances.

"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," Debbie Rub, the vice president of Boeing and general manager of Global Strike, said. "The JDAM continues to protect warfighters with its precision accuracy and unmatched mission reliability."

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