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US oks a $37 mn FMS from Kuwait for JDAM Tails Kits

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World Defense & Security News - Kuwait
 
 
US oks a $37 mn FMS from Kuwait for JDAM Tails Kits
 
The US State Department has approved a possible FMS to the Government of Kuwait for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits and related equipment, and support for an estimated cost of $37 millionn the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on December 23, 2016.
     
US oks a 37 mn FMS from Kuwait  for JDAM Tails Kits 640 001Two JDAM kits produced by Boeing
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
     
The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible total sale of 750 JDAM Tail Kits (250 for 500-pound bombs, 250 kits for 1,000-pound bombs, and 250 kits for 2,000-pound bombs). Sale also includes two 500-pounds and two 2,000-pounds JDAM Load Build Trainers spares, support equipment, repair and return, and other associated logistical support. The estimated cost is $37 million.

"This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally which continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. Kuwait plays a large role in U.S. efforts to advance stability in the Middle East, providing basing, access, and transit for U.S. forces in the region," the DSCA said.

The sole-source contractor is the original equipment manufacturer, Boeing, Chicago, Illinois.

Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs into all-weather smart munitions. The JDAM kit consists of a new tail section that contains an inertial navigation system/global positioning system (INS/GPS) and body strakes for additional stability and lift. Bombs can be accurately delivered in any weather conditions and be launched at a great distance from the target, and the navigation system can be relied on to update the weapon all the way to impact.