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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

F-22 scores direct hit in supersonic JDAM drop

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, flying at Mach 1.5 at 50,000 feet during a May 5 demonstration, released a Global Positioning System-aided, 1,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition from a range of 24 nautical miles, destroying a ground target. It was the aircraft´s fastest and highest JDAM delivery to date. A Boeing collaboration of Integrated Defense Systems and Phantom Works engineers, working with Lockheed Martin, developed the software update that enabled accurate delivery of the weapon. JDAMs are guided by a Boeing-produced kit.


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