The original JDAM was developed in the 1990s to convert aerial bombs into precision guided munitions. It included a guidance system, GPS navigation, seeker sensors and a queue control system. However, the range of standard JDAM kits is limited to approximately 25 km.

Boeing has proposed an extended-range variant called Power JDAM, which includes a jet engine, fuel tanks and support systems, effectively turning the bomb into a small cruise missile. Power JDAM development was stagnant but has now gained momentum with Kratos contributing the TDI-J85 turbine engine.

This partnership will not only reduce the cost of the kit, but also enable the kit to be exported to 35 countries that use JDAM.

Source: Ferra

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