Boeing Lands $235 Million Weapons Contract

Compiled By Jill Jusko The Boeing Co. has received a $235 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for the production of 11,054 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits. The contract includes a $25 million option for an additional 1,150 kits. JDAM kits convert existing unitary warheads into smart bombs. More than 10,000 of the contracted kits are for the U.S. Air Force. Fewer than 100 are destined for the U.S. Navy, which has an option to purchase an additional 1,150. Other members of the JDAM production team include Honeywell Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc., Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, and HR Textron. "With full-rate production, we will be achieving rates of more than 1,000 kits per month," notes Mike Marks, vice president and general manager, Boeing weapons programs. Boeing produces the JDAM kits at its St. Charles, Mo., facility.

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