Boeing announced today that it was recently awarded a $296m US Air Force contract for 12,889 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits. Boeing will deliver the Lot 11 JDAM kits in 2008 and 2009.

Known as the world's most accurate bomb, JDAM is a GPS-aided, near-precision weapon that the US Air Force and Navy have used extensively in global combat operations, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to Boeing, JDAM guidance kits are capable of guiding 500- to 2,000-pound inventory warheads, and are widely acknowledged as the "warfighters' weapon of choice." Since 1998, Boeing has produced more than 160,000 tail kits.