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Boeing Laser JDAM Aces Test

By | July 17, 2006

      The Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) tested successfully against a moving target, The Boeing Co. [BA] announced.

      During the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., an Air Force F-16 flying at 20,000 feet scored a direct hit on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) moving at 25 mph.

      Using its onboard targeting pod, the F-16 laser-designated the APC and released the 500-pound LJDAM approximately four miles from the target.

      The Laser JDAM sensor is a modular kit that is installed in the field to the front of existing JDAM weapons.

      That laser sensor further enhances the Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System JDAM into the mission-flexible, low-cost weapons, according to Boeing.

      Boeing will complete its development of the 500-pound LJDAM this year. Initial production deliveries are planned to begin as early as next year.

      “Laser JDAM’s performance continues to exceed our highest expectations,” said Scott Van Dyke, Boeing LJDAM program manager. “LJDAM has the flexibility to engage both fixed and moving targets. This weapon will fill a significant gap in capability currently encountered by our warfighting customers.”

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