Saudi F-15s to get Smart Bombs
The Boeing joint direct attack munition (JDAM) is being released to Saudi Arabia, which could acquire as many of 900 of these tail kits that add “smart” GPS guidance to “dumb” bombs. The weapons are intended for the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet of F-15S Strike Eagles. Israel objected to the sale. The estimated cost is $123 million, if all options are exercised, and this includes bomb components, mission planning, aircraft integration, technical manuals, spare parts, support equipment, contractor engineering and technical support. The kits will be added to 550 Mk82 500-pound bombs (making them GBU-38s); 250 Mk84 2,000-pound bombs (GBU-31s); and 100 BLU-109 hard-target penetrators (GBU-31s).