The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $121 million contract for System Development
and Demonstration (SDD) of the Hornet Autonomous Real-time Targeting (HART)
The HART has been designed to provide precision guidance capability to current
JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) bombs. The HART guidance kit includes an
infrared sensor, a processor and image-matching software. The JDAM bomb modified
with the HART guidance kit will be able to hit targets with the same accuracy as
latest laser guided bombs.
The JDAM HART bomb will employ terminal imaging guidance to achieve high
accuracy. Target area images will be provided by an Active Electronically
Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet will accommodate the
AN/APG-79 AESA radar in 2006.
The US Navy plans to deploy JDAM HART bombs aboard the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
equipped with the AN/APG-79 AESA radar. These bombs will enable Super Hornets to
perform real-time air-to-surface precision engagements.
Boeing will test the JDAM HART concept on Mk-82 bombs through 2006. In late
2006, the US Navy will take a decision about HART kits Low Rate Initial
Production (LRIP). During LRIP phase Boeing would produce 600 HART kits with
expectations for up to 6,000 kits produced through 2011.
The JDAM HART bomb would achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on the
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in December 2007.
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