The US Air Force contracted Boeing $250 million for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance kit services for the Air Force, Navy, and allies.
The deal will have Boeing Defense Space and Security build the JDAM and supply Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment.
The JDAM is a guidance tail kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurate, adverse weather smart munitions. JDAM enables employment of accurate air-to-surface weapons against high priority fixed and relocatable targets from fighter and bomber aircraft.
Boeing has manufactured more than 260,000 JDAM guidance kits at its production facility in St. Charles since 1998.
The JDAM was first used during Operation Allied Force in the Balkans in 1999. Laser JDAM is operational on US Air Force F-15Es and F-16s, and US Navy F/A-18s and A/V-8Bs.
The contract also includes JDAM/LJDAM-specific activities like technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. Work will take place in St. Louis and is expected to be complete by March 2029.