Diehl Defence received an order from the German defense procurement agency, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), on Sept. 11, to deliver GBU-54 Laser JDAM weapon systems to the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).
GBU-54 is a precision ammunition comprising an unguided, Mk-82 series warhead (500–pound bomb body) and Boeing’s Laser JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) guidance kit enabling the weapon to be guided precisely to the target. Through the combination of GPS/INS navigation, laser seeker and target designation, stationary and mobile targets can be precisely engaged even in adverse weather conditions.
First units under the new contract are supposed to be delivered as of November 2021; the delivery will presumably cover 48 months. Diehl is cooperating with Rheinmetall Defence and JUNGHANS Defence as component suppliers for the now commissioned reprocurement.
The battle-tested GBU-54 was already procured in the past for the Panavia Tornado multirole fighter aircraft. In the future, GBU-54 shall also be used on Luftwaffe’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.
In 2018, Boeing and Diehl decided to cooperate with regard to procurements of GBU-54 weapon systems in Germany.
Through these cooperation, the national missile system house Diehl Defence offers the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), 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 U.S. partner Raytheon, Diehl already successfully provided the air force with GBU-24 Paveway III and GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II laser-guided bombs (LGBs) in the past.