“Joint Direct Attack Munition’s high reliability, accuracy and low cost have virtually revolutionized air-to-ground warfare,” said Lt. Col. John Williams, 708th Armament Systems Group deputy director.
“The munition was first used in the 1999 during Operation Allied Force and since then, it has been the weapon of choice for the combatant commanders fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he noted.
Joint Direct Attack Munition accuracy continues to be improved at Eglin with additional system software changes to take advantage of improved GPS features.
In addition, the Air Force is also testing the capability of using Joint Direct Attack Munitions with a datalink to strike moving maritime targets, according to Colonel Williams.
The GBU-12 has been in the Air Force inventory since 1976 after development at Eglin in the early ‘70s.
The GBU-12, better known as a Laser Guided Bomb, gets to its target by following a laser that is either controlled by someone on the ground or by a pilot in the air.
The GBU-12 was also used during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. What is so unique about the GBU-12 is its low cost, reliability and accuracy, according to center officials.
“The men and women of the Air Armament Center contributed as members of a total Air Force team,” said Riemer. “As part of One-Air Force Materiel Command our efforts supported those of many others across the command and the Air Force to achieve this success.”