Israel saves precision JDAM bombs

Israel collects precision JDAM bombs

Israel ordered in the United States additional 10,350 induced by high-precision GPS bombs JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions). The third part of the quantity ordered up 909 kilogram bombs, another third of the 127 pound bomblets SDB (Small Diameter Bombs), and the other in 1000, and 500-pound bombs. This order contains the "silly" bomb guidance kits JDAM, fuses, sets jamming and other equipment, technical service and spare parts. Average price for a bomb was about $ 64,000.

Israel collects precision JDAM bombs

A huge number of JDAM set in Israel does not belong to Israel, and, as before, are the property of the United States. The prerequisite for this is an agreement signed in 2009, the year by which Americans warehoused their ammunition and equipment on the ground in Israel. This untouchable in store serves a dual purpose. The main purpose of storage must be operative supplies U.S. forces in the region when necessary. But more will be possible to nick the Israeli army in case Israel will be involved in a war saturated and there will need to replenish supplies frisky. In this situation, the United States will be able to just let Israel use of ammunition and spare parts. Because of this dual purpose gun and all the parts are in warehouses and silos are the standards were in service in the U.S. and in Israel. At the current time is at a similar storage equipment and ammunition total cost billions of dollars, including suites JDAM, missiles, other ammunition, spare parts, armored vehicles and electrical equipment.

Israel collects precision JDAM bombs

Israel does not need to buy JDAM in the United States as the Israeli firm developed a similar device. 5 years ago, an Israeli company has developed a variation of the JDAM has been called SPICE (Stand-Off Precision Guidance Munition). SPICE has a camera installed in the nose of the bomb, which is stored in several digital images of targets (buildings, radar antenna or walk objectives such as the rocket launcher). When SPICE is quite close to the target, it checks the digital images stored in its memory to get the image with homing. If they meet the GOS captures the goal. If the target can not be determined, then the SPICE striking place according to the GPS coordinates, or simply self-destructs. SPICE equipped bombs can be dropped at a distance of 60 km from the target. SPICE set costs about twice as much than set JDAM and approximates of early (before JDAM) and much more expensive South American smart bombs.

Israel prefers to buy JDAM in the main due to their low cost and partly because Israel every year gets a billion dollars of U.S. military aid to a large part of which must be spent on the purchase of munitions, equipment and tools of South American production.

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