Reaper drone tests GBU-38 JDAM bomb

May 8 (UPI) — The M-9 Reaper has been outfitted to be able to drop the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition. The testing was undertaken by the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 26th Weapons Wing out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

“We had a great opportunity to drop the first live GBU-38s in training,” Capt. Scott, a 26th WPS weapons instructor pilot, said in a press release. “The GBU-38 is a weapon we’ve been trying to get on the MQ-9 for several years now and we had the opportunity to be the first to drop during training.”

“The GBU-38, just like the Hellfire and GBU-12, is a very accurate weapon and the fact that it’s GPS-guided gives us another versatile way to guide the weapon, specifically, through inclement weather onto targets,” Scott said.

The JDAM system is an economical one compared to expensive strike

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