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Diehl Defence has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver GBU-54 weapon systems to the German Air Force. This is an air-to-surface weapon, equipped with the “Laser JDAM” (Joint Direct Attack Munition) conversion kit developed by Boeing. Through the combination of INS/GPS navigation, laser seeker and target designation, stationary and mobile targets can be precisely engaged even in adverse weather conditions. The GBU-54 has already been procured for the TORNADO aircraft and will be used on the EUROFIGHTER going forward.

In 2018, Boeing and Diehl decided to cooperate with regard to procurements of GBU-54 weapon systems in Germany. Through these cooperations, the national missile system house Diehl Defence offers the Bundeswehr, above all, two advantages: the adaptation and quick introduction into service of a modern system established in the market, plus on-site support with experience in the integration of weapon systems on fighter aircraft, such as the EUROFIGHTER. In cooperation with the US partner Raytheon, Diehl has already provided the air force with precision GBU-24 and GBU-48 ammunition in the past.

Jack Richardson