Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Israel is ordering 7,000 GPS-guided bombs worth $647 million from the U.S., according to the Pentagon.
Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress of the order on Monday and justified it by citing the U.S. commitment to the security and self-defense capability of Israel.
Israel is ordering different sizes of the bomb from 250 to 2,000 lbs. to replenish its stockpile of the weapon after using these in airstrikes in Gaza last month. Included in the order are GPS-guided tail kits or Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) built by Boeing and 3,450 Small Diameter Bombs, also made by Boeing.
The JDAM kit allows the conversion of unguided bombs into smart munitions with a range of 15 nautical miles by equipping these with an integrated inertial guidance system and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. The U.S. Navy and Air Force jointly developed the guidance system as an improvement to laser- and infrared-guided bombs, which can be hindered by bad terrain and weather.
A JDAM can hit a fixed or moving target. One piece costs $2,500.