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GBU-56 Laser JDAM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2011
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Mk-84 Laser JDAM
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: Laser JDAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: ?
Family Members: GBU-54 Laser JDAM
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Description: The Boeing Laser JDAM or LJDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that combines combat-proven JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) GPS/INS-based (Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System) navigation with a laser seeker achieving outstanding accuracy. The weapon can be employed to engage both stationary and moving targets on the ground. Boeing developed its LJDAM solution adding a Precision Laser Guidance Set (PLGS) to JDAM guided bombs. The Boeing LJDAM was selected as one of three contenders for the joint United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Navy (USN) Dual Mode Guided Bomb (DMGB) program. The other two contenders were Lockheed Martin's DMGB and Raytheon's Enhanced Paveway II (EGBU). The joint services primary goal with the DMGB program was to bring versatility by selecting the optimal guidance mode for a given target without adding more weapon systems to the inventory.

The Mk-84 Laser JDAM, GBU-56???, was developed adding a the same PLGS used by the GBU-54 weapon to the 2,000-lb GBU-31 JDAM GPS-guided bomb. It allows to engage both stationary, relocatable and moving targets on the ground with devastating effect using the 2,000-lb Mk-84 warhead. The USAF and Boeing completed the first flight test at Eglin Air Force Base in September 2010. The United States military is the primary customer for this heavier version of the LJDAM weapon system.

GBU-56 Laser JDAM Specifications

Weight: 2,000 pound (907 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-56 Laser JDAM News

There are 8 news between
28 Sep 2010 and 13 May 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019US Navy Orders 12,000 Additional Precision Laser Guidance Sets
Friday, May 3, 2019FMS: Bahrain Wants Weapons to Support F-16 Block 70 and F-16V Aircraft Fleet
Monday, April 1, 2019US Air Force Orders JDAM and Laser JDAM Bomb Kits Through 2029
Monday, November 16, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Thousands of Guided Bombs
Tuesday, May 19, 2015FMS: Israel Seeks 29,350 JDAM and Paveway Bombs, 3,000 Hellfire Missiles and 250 AIM-120C Missiles
Tuesday, August 20, 2013JDAM Weapon Program Reaches 250,000-Kit Milestone
Wednesday, September 21, 2011FMS: Taiwan Wants Retrofit of F-16A/B Aircraft
Tuesday, September 28, 2010MK-84 Laser JDAM Bomb Completes First Flight Test

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