Boeing gets Laser JDAM production contract to meet Navy need for direct-attack moving target capability weapon
PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 March 2011. Smart munitions experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis are continuing their efforts to supply the U.S. Navy with laser-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions -- better-known as Laser JDAM -- to satisfy the Navy's need for a direct-attack moving target capability weapon. Boeing won an $8 million contract Wednesday from Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., to supply 700 low-rate initial production LASER JDAMs as direct attack moving target capability weapons, as well as first-article testing.
Laser JDAM already in the Navy's weapons arsenal. Adding direct-attack moving target capability weapons capability to Laser JDAM will improve the smart munition's moving and maneuvering capability beyond current Laser JDAM capability, Boeing officials say.
The new direct-attack moving target capability weapons capability for Laser JDAM will ensure the Navy's ability to either stationary, fast-moving, or maneuvering land targets by combining a precision laser seeker to acquire and track laser-targeted signals and the JDAM guidance tail kit, company officials say.
Boeing will do the work on the new contract in St. Charles, Mo., and should be finished by March 2012. For more information contact Boeing Defense, Space & Security www.boeing.com/bds, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.