10 Facts About JDAM


JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles.

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When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU identifier, superseding the Mark 80 or BLU nomenclature of the bomb to which it is attached.

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JDAM is not a stand-alone weapon; rather it is a "bolt-on" guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into precision-guided munitions.

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JDAM was meant to improve upon laser-guided bomb and imaging infrared technology, which can be hindered by bad ground and weather conditions.

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JDAM bombs are inexpensive compared to alternatives such as cruise missiles.

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Once released from the aircraft, the JDAM autonomously navigates to the designated target coordinates.

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On 5 December 2001, a JDAM dropped by a B-52 in Afghanistan nearly killed Hamid Karzai while he was leading anti-Taliban forces near Sayd Alim Kalay alongside a US Army Special Forces team.

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GBU-54 LJDAM made its combat debut on August 12,2008 in Iraq when an F-16 from the 77th Fighter Squadron engaged a moving vehicle in Diyala province.

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Furthermore, the GBU-54 LJDAM made its combat debut in the Afghan theater by the 510th Fighter Squadron in October 2010.

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In November 2014, the US Air Force began development of a version of the GBU-31 JDAM intended to track and attack sources of electronic warfare jamming directed to disrupt the munitions' guidance.

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