The Air Force awarded Boeing [BA] a contract modification worth up to $6.5 billion for future Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits, spares, repairs and technical services, according to a June 14 contract announcement.

The modification extends the original 2014 contract for five more years. It involves foreign military sales to “currently unknown countries,” and brings the ceiling of the previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract up to over $10 billion.

An F/A-18 dropping a JDAM. Photo: Boeing.

Nearly $905 million in fiscal year 2017, 2018 and 2019 ammunition funds, FY ’19 operations and maintenance funds and FMS funds are being obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be complete by February 2025.

The Joint Direct Attack Munition is a bolt-on guidance kit that uses a GPS-aided inertial navigational system to convert unguided 500-pound, 1,000-pound and 2,000-pound general-purpose gravity bombs into so-called “smart bombs,” or guided bombs with increased accuracy.

Last November, the State Department approved a potential FMS sale of new precision guided munitions kits – to include 2,040 JDAM kits – to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for over $320 million.