November 21, 2019-
Elbit Systems of America is doubling its Semi-Active Laser seeker production rates to keep up with increasing demand for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (GBU-54/56). The increase in production rates is under an existing five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with Boeing, supporting both domestic and foreign customers.
The Laser JDAM is capable of targeting static and fast moving objects. The system does not rely on satellite signals, but instead, seeks a laser target that is placed by ground forces or an aircraft. The precision guided munition (PGM) locks on and tracks the target. Due to the PGM's accuracy and affordability, it's a critical and affordable weapon of choice for the United States and its international partners.
"Elbit Systems of America invested in doubling its production capacity for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition seekers because we recognize how important this solution is to our warfighters," said Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. "We're working closely with our Boeing customer to ensure this significant capability is supplied as quickly as possible."
The Laser JDAM program was recognized by the Aviation Week Network and won a Program Excellence Award in October 2018 for Supply Chain Production. Elbit Systems of America has consistently demonstrated a stellar record of on-time delivery over the decade it has been supplying the Laser JDAM seekers to Boeing.
The Laser JDAM is currently operational on nearly all U.S. air combat platforms, along with many of the aircraft of our country's allies.
Production of the Laser JDAM seeker is performed at Elbit Systems of America's manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
Source : Elbit Systems Ltd.
Publish date: November 2019 - Pages: 238