Joint Direct Attack Munition

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The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" bombs. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an inertial guidance system connected to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.[1] This gives them a range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km). JDAM-equipped bombs range from 500 pounds (227 kg) to 2,000 pounds (907 kg).[2] When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature which takes the place of the normal "dumb bomb" nomenclature to which it is attached. JDAM is a joint project of the United States Air Force and the United States Navy.[3]

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  1. "JDAM Matures; Parts 1 and 2". Air Power Australia. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. "JDAM continues to be warfighter's weapon of choice". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. "JOINT DIRECT ATTACK MUNITION JDAM". Military.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015.