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Boeing JDAM Wins Australian Competition

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 19, 2005 -- The Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence has awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] a contract to provide the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapon system for the AIR 5409 Bomb Improvement Program.

"JDAM will provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with all-weather, autonomous, accurate delivery of bombs against a broad spectrum of targets," said Rick Heerdt, JDAM program manager for Boeing. "The JDAM weapon system will greatly enhance the RAAF's ability to accurately and reliably engage a broad spectrum of targets using their existing F/A-18 aircraft."

JDAM was offered in response to the program's requirement for an upgraded weapon system for the Australian fleet of Boeing-built F/A-18 aircraft. The Company's offer included JDAM guidance kits, F/A-18 weapon system integration, and operational support. A GPS-aided, near-precision weapon, JDAM guidance kits are capable of guiding inventory warheads ranging in size from 500-2000 pounds and have been used extensively in global operations by the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

Since 1998, the Boeing Weapons Enterprise Capability Center has produced more than 120,000 JDAM guidance kits for US and international customers. JDAM is the world standard for GPS/inertial guidance kits. A transformational system, it has changed weaponeering metrics from sorties per target to targets per sortie. This capability contributes directly to aircraft efficiency and survivability due to reduced sortie requirements. JDAM also provides significant reduction in collateral damage due to its inherent accuracy that permits use of fewer and smaller weapons.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.5 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.


Contact Info:
Madonna Walsh
Boeing Naval Systems
office: +1 (314) 234-1362
mobile: +1 (314) 705-0717

Ken Morton
Boeing Australia Ltd.

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