Air Force begins early acquisition work for multiyear JDAM award in 2023

By Sara Sirota / May 20, 2020 at 5:27 PM

The Air Force is starting early acquisition planning for a Joint Direct Attack Munition follow-on production contract, with a possible multibillion-dollar value, to be awarded in 2023.

The contractor will provide JDAM guidance systems starting with Lot 28 and potentially ending with Lot 37 for the Air Force, Navy and foreign military sales customers, according to a sources-sought notice published May 12.

Each production group will include 1,000 to 8,000 Integrated GPS Anti-Jam System (IGAS) kits and 5,000 to 30,000 Strategic Anti-Jam Beamforming Receiver (SABR-Y) kits. The award will have an estimated annual value between $200 million and $700 million.

Boeing is the current prime contractor for the program. The sources-sought notice says the company and its suppliers have the capability needed to manufacture JDAM guidance kits and the government doesn't have funding available to support second-source qualification.

Capability statements for companies looking to be considered as an alternate to Boeing are due June 11.