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Last week, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag cleared the way for the procurement contract for GBU-54 guided bombs. The Bundeswehr needs a total of 2,290 ammunition systems. Delivery is scheduled for the period 2021 to 2024.

The general contractor Diehl Defense has 213 million euros at its disposal, which will be distributed among the five partners with subcontracts.

Pursue Description million Euro proportion of
Diehl Defence Project management, integration, approval 30,4 14%
Boeing LJDAM control 139,2 66%
RWM Italia Standard bomb body Mk-82 22,1 10%
Junghans Microtec Igniter FBM21-GER 18,2 10%
Northrop Grumman Navigation 2,7 1 %

Die GBU-54 besteht aus dem 277 kg schweren Standardbombenkörper Mk-82, an den von der Truppe bei der Vorbereitung für den Einsatz das LJDAM-Steuerungselement und der Zünder anmontiert werden. Da die Bundeswehr über 1.380 Bombenkörper Mk-82 verfügt, die für diesen Zweck genutzt werden können, wird mit zusätzlichen 910 Mk-82 der Bestand aufgefüllt.

The GBU-54 will be delivered in five lots. Lots one to three will be used to procure controls and detonators for the existing bomb bodies. In this phase, the bomb bodies to be delivered are subjected to an acceptance test and qualified. After successful qualification, lots four and five will be called up with complete GBU-54.

With the all-weather GBU-54 adapted to the Eurofighter, the Bundeswehr will then have ammunition for combating moving targets at ranges of up to 30 km in scenarios with high risk potential. The Bundeswehr has been using GBU-54 with LJDAM control on the Tornado fighter aircraft since 2009.

Gerhard Heiming