Members of the U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force construct Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 9, 2016. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, as well as allies, have asked Boeing Co. for more laser-guided bomb kits amid declining stockpiles due to the air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)
DoD BUzz: Boeing Ramps Up Bomb Production as Stockpiles Decrease
The Navy and Air Force, as well as U.S. allies, have asked Boeing Co. for more bomb kits, including laser-guided, amid declining JDAM stockpiles due to the air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“We’re ramping significantly across the portfolio, not just with [Joint Direct Attack Munition],” said Cindy Gruensfelder, Boeing’s director of direct attack munitions.
“But with JDAM, we’re currently on a path by July of this year to ramp to a 150 weapons a day [rate] or over 36,500 [tail kits] per year — that is two full shifts at our facility,” she told reporters during a media briefing Tuesday at Boeing’s facilities near Washington, D.C.
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WNU Editor: Another sign on how intense the U.S. bombing campaign has been against the Islamic State.