Powered JDAM: Boeing’s New Alternative to Cruise Missiles

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March 12, 2020 | Originally published by AIR FORCE MAG on February 28, 2020

ORLANDO, FL—Boeing is developing a long-range version of its Joint Direct Attack Munition called the Powered JDAM, adding an engine to extend its range by 20x over the conventional glide version of the weapon, company officials said. 

The new weapon combines a 500-pound warhead, a wing kit, and a propulsion module into the same form factor as a 2,000-pound bomb. Once fully developed, the weapon would offer a lower-cost alternative to cruise missiles for stand-off attack, adapting a conventional bomb for attacking targets in a contested battlespace. 

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