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June 14, 2006

Three Cheers For JDAM

F-22 Raptor Scores Direct Hit in Testing of Supersonic, HIgh-Altitude JDAM drop

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., June 12, 2006 --

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter, flying at a speed of Mach 1.5 and an altitude of 50,000 feet, released a GPS-aided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a range of 24 nautical miles, destroying a small ground target in the F-22's fastest and highest JDAM delivery yet.

This was another milestone testing event for the Combined Test Force of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and U.S. Air Force pilots who conducted the joint developmental and operational test in early May at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., using a 1,000-pound Mk-83 JDAM with live warhead supplied by Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

The ability to release a munition at supersonic speeds and standoff ranges greatly enhances the aircrew's survivability against heavily defended targets.

“We've already demonstrated the airplane's ability to operate with virtual impunity in the air-to-air realm and have had many successful JDAM deliveries previously, but successfully attacking a ground target at this speed, altitude and standoff range with a live weapon shows that to be true in the air-to-ground mission as well,” said pilot Lt. Col. Raymond “Buzz” Toth following the test. “The Raptor is ready to fight and is uniquely capable of supporting Air Force and Joint Command objectives against any enemy.”

The LAR algorithm developed by this interdisciplinary team offers the robust capability of updating to the latest weapon performance without requiring a new software build,” said Paul Bay, vice president and F-22 program manager at Boeing.

“Our JDAM, Phantom Works and F-22 units each brought a specialized expertise that was essential to making the LAR integration a success.”
"The successful drop of the JDAM from the Raptor has demonstrated our Systems Engineering process throughout the design life cycle,” said John E. Paquet, director, F-22 Mission Systems and Software at Lockheed Martin. “Early in the design phase, we brought Raptor pilots to the high fidelity air combat simulator and received valuable feedback on the new JDAM LAR. We were able to quickly incorporate their feedback into the software design, and the results of that collaborative effort were evident in the recent test."

The F-22 is capable of dominating any adversary through an unmatched combination of stealth, supercruise speed, agility and precision strike, together with a complete view of the battlespace provided by an advanced sensor suite and integrated avionics. The Raptor will enable combat commanders to change the way wars are fought over the next 40 years.

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F-22 JDAM Launch Standard Motion

F-22 JDAM Launch Slow Motion

F-22 JDAM Launch - Fire Ball



Wild Thing's comment.....

Mach 1.5...50,000 feet...bullseye! It's called Reach out and touch someone.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 14, 2006 12:57 AM


Do you realize that releasing the JDAM at 50,000 feet while traveling Mach 1.5, that aircraft is over 20 miles down the road before the weapon hits the ground? And, they can still put it right on target; in your lap.

My gosh, how do you fight or defend against something like that? I’m just glad it’s ours.

Posted by: BobF at June 14, 2006 07:55 AM

Hi Bob, I got goosebumps when I saw this article. I agree I sure am glad it belongs to us. whew! Big ole wow!

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 14, 2006 08:45 AM

American tax dollars at work. Glad. We get something for our money here. Save pilots in the process of delivering ordinance from long distance and still hit the target. Love it.

Posted by: raz0r at June 14, 2006 02:22 PM

razOr (big smile) I love it too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 14, 2006 06:01 PM