Tag Archives: Joint Direct Attack Munition

Air Force Test Team Demos New Precision-Guided Munition via F-15E Jet

GBU-31 Joint Direct

A test team at Eglin Air Force Base demonstrated a new air-dropped, precision-guided weapon designed to strike enemy ships while reducing the survivability risks observed with existing methods. An F-15E Strike Eagle dropped the GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition over the Gulf of Mexico during the test on Aug. 26th. 

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Pentagon Increases Major Defense Procurement Cost Estimate to $2T

The Department of Defense’s cost estimates for the acquisition of major weapons platforms climbed from $1.92T in 2017 to $2T in 2018 covering 87 programs. According to the annual Selected Acquisition Reports, the total program costs for DoD rose by 4 percent to $624.1B driven by the F-35 program. The total acquisition cost of the program jumped by $15.3B in base year 2012 dollars.

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U.S. Air Force F-35As Conducts First Combat Employment

The U.S. Air Force conducted the first combat employment of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. The service said Tuesday that two of the fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performed an airstrike targeting a tunnel network and weapons cache controlled by the Islamic State group in the Hamrin Mountains. For the mission, the Air Force equipped the F-35As with a Joint Direct Attack Munition to support the airstrike.

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