Laser Guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions (LJDAM)

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An enhanced version of the JDAM, the Laser targeted Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) has the flexibility to engage both fixed and moving targets. Boeing plans to complete its development of the 500-pound LJDAM in 2006. Initial production deliveries are planned to begin as early as 2007.

The weapon was successfully tested June 30, 2006 against a moving target. During the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., a U.S. Air Force F-16 flying at 20,000 feet scored a direct hit on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) moving at 25 mph. Using its onboard targeting pod, the F-16 laser-designated the APC and released the 500-pound LJDAM approximately four miles from the target. The Laser JDAM sensor used is a modular, field installable kit.

In December 2009 EADS Defence & Security (DS) and the Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 performed flight tests of the Laser JDAM weapon (GBU-54/B), as part of the ongoing combat efficiency improvement programme ASSTA (Avionics Software System Tornado Ada) for the German Air Force Tornados. Currently in the third phase, the ASSTA program is being implemented with Tornado aircraft in service with Germany and Italy. The adaptation of the Laser JDAM for the Tornado makes the German Air Force the first export customer for the weapon, paving the way for future integration with German Air Force Eurofighters.