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Boeing Successful In Second Laser JDAM Moving Target Test

A U.S. Air Force F-16 releases a laser-guided JDAM during a recent test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Credit: Boeing.
by Staff Writers
St. Louis MO (SPX) Sep 19, 2006
Boeing has successfully completed its Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) weapon system flight test program on Sep 15 with engagement of a target moving at 40 mph. "Laser JDAM continues to prove its effectiveness against moving targets," said Boeing JDAM Program Manager John Harnagel. "We continue to hear from warfighters worldwide that LJDAM's capabilities would fill an immediate need."

During the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., a U.S. Air Force F-16 flying at 20,000 feet released a 500-pound LJDAM and hit within lethal range of a Humvee moving at 40 mph. Using its onboard targeting pod, a second F-16 laser-designated the roof of the Humvee and guided the weapon to impact. On June 30, Boeing successfully tested LJDAM against an Armored Personnel Carrier moving at 25 mph.

The Laser JDAM sensor is a modular kit that is easily installed in the field to the front of existing JDAM weapons. The laser sensor further enhances the highly capable Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System JDAM into one of the most mission flexible, low-cost weapons available in the world today.

Several potential international customers have requested LJDAM price and availability. Initial production deliveries for the U.S. military are planned to begin as early as 2007.

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Raytheon-BAE Systems Bofors' Excalibur Closer to Fielding
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 19, 2006
The Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems Bofors' Excalibur team successfully concluded safety testing of the Excalibur global positioning system-guided 155 mm artillery projectile. Excalibur is the next-generation family of projectiles for U.S. Army and Marine Corps artillery.







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