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What happens when American soldiers find a group of Taliban barricaded in a well placed compound? This.
It’s not often you hear of a target being tasked for 9 JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions… guided bombs) at once, but these guys were the lucky winners and thanks to a grunt with a GoPro, we have this footage.
There were reportedly 10 JDAMs dropped but only 9 exploded, leaving an EOD team to go back in after the carnage to find the bomb buried six meters in the ground and disarm it. After watching the video, it looks like 9 did the job just fine.
The JDAM has become the standard bomb of the United States Military. According to Wikipedia,
The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or “dumb bombs” into all-weather “smart” munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km). JDAM-equipped bombs range from 500 pounds (227 kg) to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature, superseding the Mark 80 or BLU (Bomb, Live Unit) nomenclature of the bomb to which it is attached.
The JDAM is not a stand-alone weapon, rather it is a “bolt-on” guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into Precision-Guided Munitions, or PGMs. The key components of the system consist of a tail section with aerodynamic control surfaces, a (body) strake kit, and a combined inertial guidance system and GPS guidance control unit.
The JDAM was meant to improve upon laser-guided bomb and imaging infrared technology, which can be hindered by bad ground and weather conditions. Laser seekers are now being fitted to some JDAMs.
From 1998 to August 20, 2013, Boeing delivered 250,000 JDAM kits, producing over 40 guidance kits per day.