Boeing Receives $235 Million JDAM Contract

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Boeing Company

    ST. LOUIS, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) recently
 received a $235 million contract for the production of 11,054 Joint Direct
 Attack Munition (JDAM) kits.  The U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin
 Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting agency.  The contract includes a
 $25 million option for an additional 1,150 kits.
     The award follows the Milestone III decision by the Defense Acquisition
 Board earlier this month, allowing the program to enter into full-rate
 production.
     "During development, JDAM bettered requirements for price, performance and
 production," said Mike Marks, vice president and general manager, Weapons
 Programs.  "With full-rate production, we will be achieving rates of more than
 1,000 kits per month.  This would not be possible without the tremendous
 contribution of our program team, which includes our suppliers and customer."
     In addition to Boeing, the JDAM production team includes Honeywell Inc.
 (inertial measurement unit), Rockwell Collins (global positioning system
 receiver), HR Textron (tail actuator subsystem), Lockheed Martin Tactical
 Defense Systems (mission computer), Lockley (tail fairing), Enser and
 Eagle-Picher (battery), and Stremel (strakes and cable cover).
     Boeing will deliver 10,382 JDAM kits to the U.S. Air Force.  The U.S. Navy
 will receive 672 kits and has an option for an additional 1,150.
     JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unitary warheads
 into smart bombs.  The kit consists of a tail section that contains a mission
 computer, inertial measurement unit, global positioning system receiver and
 battery-operated actuators to control the movable fins.  Strakes are banded to
 the body of the warhead to provide aerodynamic stability in flight.
     The U.S. Air Force had previously ordered 15,998 JDAM kits in four lots
 while in low-rate initial production.
     JDAM is one of the most tested and matured weapons to enter the U.S.
 inventory, with more than 650 developmental and operational flight tests.  The
 U.S. Air Force and Navy have used more than 700 in combat since JDAM's first
 operational launch in Operation Allied Force.
     JDAM is a program selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to test
 methods for streamlining the acquisition process.  By incorporating extensive
 use of commercial practices and off-the-shelf components, Boeing is able to
 produce a highly accurate and reliable JDAM at a low system cost.
     Most U.S. military attack/bomber aircraft have already demonstrated JDAM
 capability, including the U.S. Air Force B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16, and the U.S.
 Navy/Marine Corps F/A-18. Plans are under way to demonstrate compatibility
 with the Air Force F-15, F-117 and F-22; the Marine Corps AV-8B; the Navy
 F-14; and the multi-service Joint Strike Fighter.
     Boeing produces the JDAM in a state-of-the-art, lean, high-rate facility
 in St. Charles, Mo.
 
 

SOURCE The Boeing Company
    ST. LOUIS, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) recently
 received a $235 million contract for the production of 11,054 Joint Direct
 Attack Munition (JDAM) kits.  The U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin
 Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting agency.  The contract includes a
 $25 million option for an additional 1,150 kits.
     The award follows the Milestone III decision by the Defense Acquisition
 Board earlier this month, allowing the program to enter into full-rate
 production.
     "During development, JDAM bettered requirements for price, performance and
 production," said Mike Marks, vice president and general manager, Weapons
 Programs.  "With full-rate production, we will be achieving rates of more than
 1,000 kits per month.  This would not be possible without the tremendous
 contribution of our program team, which includes our suppliers and customer."
     In addition to Boeing, the JDAM production team includes Honeywell Inc.
 (inertial measurement unit), Rockwell Collins (global positioning system
 receiver), HR Textron (tail actuator subsystem), Lockheed Martin Tactical
 Defense Systems (mission computer), Lockley (tail fairing), Enser and
 Eagle-Picher (battery), and Stremel (strakes and cable cover).
     Boeing will deliver 10,382 JDAM kits to the U.S. Air Force.  The U.S. Navy
 will receive 672 kits and has an option for an additional 1,150.
     JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unitary warheads
 into smart bombs.  The kit consists of a tail section that contains a mission
 computer, inertial measurement unit, global positioning system receiver and
 battery-operated actuators to control the movable fins.  Strakes are banded to
 the body of the warhead to provide aerodynamic stability in flight.
     The U.S. Air Force had previously ordered 15,998 JDAM kits in four lots
 while in low-rate initial production.
     JDAM is one of the most tested and matured weapons to enter the U.S.
 inventory, with more than 650 developmental and operational flight tests.  The
 U.S. Air Force and Navy have used more than 700 in combat since JDAM's first
 operational launch in Operation Allied Force.
     JDAM is a program selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to test
 methods for streamlining the acquisition process.  By incorporating extensive
 use of commercial practices and off-the-shelf components, Boeing is able to
 produce a highly accurate and reliable JDAM at a low system cost.
     Most U.S. military attack/bomber aircraft have already demonstrated JDAM
 capability, including the U.S. Air Force B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16, and the U.S.
 Navy/Marine Corps F/A-18. Plans are under way to demonstrate compatibility
 with the Air Force F-15, F-117 and F-22; the Marine Corps AV-8B; the Navy
 F-14; and the multi-service Joint Strike Fighter.
     Boeing produces the JDAM in a state-of-the-art, lean, high-rate facility
 in St. Charles, Mo.
 
 SOURCE  The Boeing Company

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