German Tornados integrate Laser JDAM
EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 jointly have successfully tested a new type of air-to-surface armament for the Tornado combat aircraft.
As part of the ongoing combat efficiency improvement programme ASSTA (Avionics Software System Tornado Ada) for the German Air Force Tornados, DS integrated the Laser JDAM weapon (GBU-54/B) on the German Air Force Tornados.
In a test campaign over the North Sea which was part of this adaptation to the weapon system, the Bundeswehr Technical Centre and MAS jointly tested the weapons’ aerodynamic and jettison behaviour on the aircraft. Three successful tests enabled them to verify the reliable weapon release of the Laser JDAM bombs from the aircraft.
The adaptation of the Laser JDAM for the Tornado makes the German Air Force the first export customer for this advanced armament. The Laser JDAM is later also foreseen as part of the stores compendium for Eurofighter aircraft of the German Air Force in their air-to-surface role. Military Air Systems is an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security(DS).