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US to send guided bombs with range over 70 km to Ukraine

Wednesday, 22 February 2023, 05:29
US to send guided bombs with range over 70 km to Ukraine

The US is providing Ukraine with long-range GPS-guided bombs that are capable of hitting targets 72 kilometres away.

Source: Bloomberg citing industry officials 

Details: The Pentagon has not formally acknowledged that it is sending the modified version of Boeing’s Joint Direct Attack Munition, saying only it would send "precision aerial munitions" as part of a US$1.85 billion package announced on 21 December

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But two people familiar with the matter confirmed the weapon is the Extended-Range Jdam, known as the Jdam-ER. Those bombs are capable of hitting targets 72 kilometres (45 miles) away. Boeing is the producing company. 

Boeing on 20 January received a US$40.5 million order from the US Air Force under an existing Jdam contract. 

Background: The US Department of Defense announced the allocation of a US$460 million military aid package for Ukraine on 20 February.

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