A Joint Attack Munition-Guided Precision Bombs. (JDAM)
The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that, " At President Biden's direction, US military forces conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria."
"These strikes were authorised in response to recent attacks against American and coalition personnel in Iraq and to ongoing threats to those personnel," John Kirby concluded.
An artist's impression of JDAM bomb. (Source: courtesy.)
It is claimed that the US dropped seven JDAM bombs each weighing 227 kg.
The JDAM is a guidance kit that is located at the back of the bomb.
JDAM equipped bombs usually use inertial guidance system for guidance and then they send information to a GPS receiver which enables them to hit targets that are up to 28 km away.
JDAM equipped bombs usually weigh between 227 kg to 907 kg.
The United States Air Force and the United States Navy jointly developed the JDAM guidance system.
The JDAM guided bombs have been used by the US Navy and Air Force since 1997.
The unit cost of a JDAM guided bomb is $25,000.
The JDAM guided bombs have an accuracy of 7 meters.
A family of JDAM guided bombs with JDAM guidance kit model. (Source: courtesy.)
We must remember that JDAM in itself is not a bomb but a guidance kit installed onto an unguided bomb to make it a guided bomb.
Boeing built about 300,000 JDAM guidance kits from 1998 to 2016.
Boeing has the capability to build 130 JDAM guidance kits per day.
430,000 JDAM guidance kits have built as of February 2020.
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