Ukrainian army already using winged JDAM ‘smart bombs’, US general says

7 March, 03:20 PM
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JDAM winged "smart bombs" are already operating in Ukraine (Photo:US Air Force)

The Ukrainian Air Force is already using JDAM-ER precision-guided bombs, which have ranges of up to 72 kilometers, news website the War Zone reported on March 6.

The site said that General James Hecker, commander of U.S. Air Force Europe, confirmed that the precision-guided bombs were now in use by Ukraine

"Recently, we've just gotten some precision munitions (to Ukraine) that had some extended range and go a little bit further than the gravity drop bomb and has precision (guidance)," the website quoted the general as saying.

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Hecker confirmed that he was talking about the Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range precision-guided bombs.

He said Ukraine had received the capability "probably in the last three weeks."

However, Hecker said that the total number of JDAM-ERs that Ukraine currently has is still limited, and there are only enough for several strikes.

In December 2022, NV reported that the United States was planning to provide Ukraine with advanced electronic equipment, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), which is capable of turning unguided aircraft munitions into "smart bombs."

The systems include global positioning devices to improve accuracy and can be attached to various weapons and aircraft to form Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

The U.S. military has used this technology for bombs weighing up to 907 kilograms, commonly used with bombers and fighters.

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