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Ukraine receives JDAM smart bombs from the United States

The Ukrainian Air Force had the opportunity to use joint direct destruction munitions against Russian troops. This was stated by the head of the US Air Force in Europe, as well as the command of the NATO Allied Air Force and the US Air Force in Africa, General James Hecker. . His statements are quoted by The Drive.

According to Hecker, we are talking about JDAM long-range precision-guided bombs. At the same time, the American general pointed out that the transfer of precision-guided munitions took place within the last three weeks.

General Hecker noted that the acquisition of JDAM munitions gives Ukrainian forces the ability to hit completely new target groups that may be inaccessible to existing air weapons and ground systems, including the highly mobile HIMARS missile systems provided by United States. First of all, we are talking about bridges, large structures and scattered air defense firing points.

As military experts explain, a typical JDAM can, depending on the height from which it is launched, hit targets at a distance of up to 25 km. Adding the JDAM-ER to the wing kit increases the range of the weapon to approximately 75 km.

However, there are two important points regarding the use of precision-guided munitions by the Ukrainian army. The first is a small number of Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft, which can carry JDAMs.

The second point concerns the rather limited number of precision-guided munitions transferred from the United States. According to James Hecker, there are not many of them.

They’ve got enough strength to land a few punches

said Hecker.

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