Elbit Systems of America is doubling production of its semi-active laser seeker to keep up with increasing demand for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (GBU-54/56 Laser JDAM). The increase in production rates is under an existing five-year contract with Boeing, supporting both domestic and foreign customers.
The Laser JDAM is capable of targeting static and fast-moving objects. The system does not rely on satellite signals, but instead seeks a laser target placed by ground forces or an aircraft. The precision guided munition (PGM) locks on and tracks the target. Due to the PGM's accuracy and affordability, it has become a critical weapon of choice for the US and its international partners.
"Elbit Systems of America invested in doubling its production capacity for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition seekers because we recognize how important this solution is to our warfighters," commented Raanan Horowitz, company President and CEO. "We're working closely with our Boeing customer to ensure this significant capability is supplied as quickly as possible."