Close sidebar

More tests for JDAM ER

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 26, 2015

E3454 JDAM-ER TrialBoeing has run more tests of its Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) in conjunction with the RAAF at the Woomera test range in South Australia.

The latest testing centred on a revised pop-out wing kit that, when used in conjunction with the weapon’s precision guidance enhancements, increases the standard JDAM’s glide range from about 24km to more than 72km. The weapon is launched like a conventional JDAM, after which the stowed wing extends to provide the glide lift.

Boeing says the wing kit takes advantage of the conventional JDAM aircraft interface and small Diameter bomb glide technology, keeping integration, development and sustainment costs low while bringing customers the range increase needed to neutralise current and future threats.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The 227kg winged JDAM ER has been developed by Boeing and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. The weapons were dropped from RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets from altitudes ranging from 40,000ft down to 10,000ft, and on each flight successfully deployed its wing kit and flew to a pre-determined aim point, impacting within metres of its target.

”The extended range wing kit will allow the Australian Defence Force to employ JDAM more flexibly and safely in the target area and also stands to bring significant benefits to local Australian industry,” the Defence Materiel Organisation’s RADM Tony Dalton said.

Boeing will produce and integrate JDAM ER wing kits with major sub-assemblies from Ferra Engineering for the RAAF under a contract awarded in 2011. Following morel flight and certification testing, production and initial deliveries of JDAM ER to the RAAF are planned for 2015.

Comment (1)

  • Allan

    says:

    A good leap forward for the RAAF. Anything that lessens the threat to our aircrew has to be a bonus.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More tests for JDAM ER

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 26, 2015

E3454 JDAM-ER TrialBoeing has run more tests of its Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) in conjunction with the RAAF at the Woomera test range in South Australia.

The latest testing centred on a revised pop-out wing kit that, when used in conjunction with the weapon’s precision guidance enhancements, increases the standard JDAM’s glide range from about 24km to more than 72km. The weapon is launched like a conventional JDAM, after which the stowed wing extends to provide the glide lift.

Boeing says the wing kit takes advantage of the conventional JDAM aircraft interface and small Diameter bomb glide technology, keeping integration, development and sustainment costs low while bringing customers the range increase needed to neutralise current and future threats.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The 227kg winged JDAM ER has been developed by Boeing and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. The weapons were dropped from RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets from altitudes ranging from 40,000ft down to 10,000ft, and on each flight successfully deployed its wing kit and flew to a pre-determined aim point, impacting within metres of its target.

”The extended range wing kit will allow the Australian Defence Force to employ JDAM more flexibly and safely in the target area and also stands to bring significant benefits to local Australian industry,” the Defence Materiel Organisation’s RADM Tony Dalton said.

Boeing will produce and integrate JDAM ER wing kits with major sub-assemblies from Ferra Engineering for the RAAF under a contract awarded in 2011. Following morel flight and certification testing, production and initial deliveries of JDAM ER to the RAAF are planned for 2015.

Comment (1)

  • Allan

    says:

    A good leap forward for the RAAF. Anything that lessens the threat to our aircrew has to be a bonus.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More tests for JDAM ER

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 26, 2015

E3454 JDAM-ER TrialBoeing has run more tests of its Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) in conjunction with the RAAF at the Woomera test range in South Australia.

The latest testing centred on a revised pop-out wing kit that, when used in conjunction with the weapon’s precision guidance enhancements, increases the standard JDAM’s glide range from about 24km to more than 72km. The weapon is launched like a conventional JDAM, after which the stowed wing extends to provide the glide lift.

Boeing says the wing kit takes advantage of the conventional JDAM aircraft interface and small Diameter bomb glide technology, keeping integration, development and sustainment costs low while bringing customers the range increase needed to neutralise current and future threats.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The 227kg winged JDAM ER has been developed by Boeing and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. The weapons were dropped from RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets from altitudes ranging from 40,000ft down to 10,000ft, and on each flight successfully deployed its wing kit and flew to a pre-determined aim point, impacting within metres of its target.

”The extended range wing kit will allow the Australian Defence Force to employ JDAM more flexibly and safely in the target area and also stands to bring significant benefits to local Australian industry,” the Defence Materiel Organisation’s RADM Tony Dalton said.

Boeing will produce and integrate JDAM ER wing kits with major sub-assemblies from Ferra Engineering for the RAAF under a contract awarded in 2011. Following morel flight and certification testing, production and initial deliveries of JDAM ER to the RAAF are planned for 2015.

Comment (1)

  • Allan

    says:

    A good leap forward for the RAAF. Anything that lessens the threat to our aircrew has to be a bonus.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year

You don't have credit card details available. You will be redirected to update payment method page. Click OK to continue.