The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] successfully completed its Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) weapon system flight test program on Sept. 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.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.