2008: Germany has become the first
foreign customer for the new U.S. LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions).
This is the GPS JDAM system, but with the more accurate laser guidance instead
of GPS. It's economical because the only difference between JDAM and LJDAM is the seeker.
down side, laser light can be blocked by rain or sand storms, but laser
guidance is more accurate (hitting within a meter or two of the target,
compared to ten meters for JDAM) and able to hit moving targets. Germany will
use LJDAM on its Tornado fighter-bombers. Germany is moving towards sending
fighter-bombers to Afghanistan, and LJDAM would be an ideal weapon for the
Germans (who fear casualties of any kind).