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Australia Tests, May Buy JDAM Range-Extension Kits

The first integration tests of the new Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) ‘smart’ bombs on the RAAF’s F/A-18 Hornets were successfully conducted at Woomera, South Australia, in early August.

The new ‘smart’ bombs provide Australian F/A-18 Hornets with a state-of-the-art weapon capability that can be accurately employed during day or night and in all weather conditions.

The ‘smart’ bomb uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide improved accuracy and precision.

Operational testing of the JDAM bombs is due to commence in October 2006 in order to reach an initial operational capability in mid 2007. (ends)
First Test of ‘Smart’ Bombs for Australia’s Hornets