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    The Boeing Company has been awarded a more than $3 billion US Air Force contract for Joint Direct Attack Munitions tail kits that make regular bombs precision-guided weapons, the Department of Defense announced.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Boeing will provide JDAM strap-on inertial guidance kits with the capability to receive guidance updates from Global Positioning Systems to increase weapon accuracy for conventional inventory bombs, the Defense Department noted.

    "Boeing Defense Space and Security [in] St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a… $3.2 billion… contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits," the announcement stated on Tuesday.

    The original contract was awarded on October 30, 2014 for a maximum amount of $1.7 billion, but that amount has since increased by $1.4 billion due to warfighter demand and to replenish depleted inventories, the Defense Department explained.

    "Work will be performed at St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 29, 2020. This contract involves foreign military sales," the announcement added.

    The US 2016 military budget allocated 7,000 JDAM munitions and 2,800 Hellfire missiles to all overseas contingency operations, including Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. For internal procurements, the United States plans to purchase around 14,000 JDAM bombs and 4,200 Hellfire missiles.


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