Video appears to show Ukraine striking a Russian warehouse in Bakhmut with devastating effects using US-made smart bombs

May 6, 2023

The video appears to show US-made JDAM-ER bomb kits in action in Bakhmut. 
Army of Drones/Facebook
  • A video shows bombs being dropped on what appears to be a Russian military warehouse in Bakhmut.
  • The JDAM-ER kits have been sent to Ukraine by the US in recent months.
  • The kits transform unguided free-fall bombs into all-weather, precision-guided smart weapons.

A video appears to show Ukraine striking a Russian military warehouse in Bakhmut using US-made JDAM-ER technology.

The bomb kits, which transform unguided, free-fall bombs into precision-guided munitions, have been sent to Ukraine in recent months, per reports.

The video was shared on social media by the Army of Drones, a crowdfunding initiative part of Ukraine’s government-run United24 platform, which claims to have raised $108 million and purchased 3,300 drones for the army, according to Forbes.

The aerial video shows four bombs hitting buildings that the Army of Drones described as Russian warehouses in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, where intense fighting has been raging for months.

The Twitter account Ukraine Weapons Tracker, which monitors videos and images of weapons used in the conflict, said the bombs appeared to be GBU-62, which describes Mk 64 Quickstrike naval mines combined with the extended-range Joint Direct Attack Munition kits.

The kits can be bolted to unguided bombs ranging from 500 to 2,000 pounds, and its pop-out wings allow it to glide up to 45 miles.

The account noted that this appears to be one of the first videos showing bombs equipped with JDAM-ERs in action in Ukraine. 

F-15 GBU-31 JDAM bomb Quicksink
A F-15 with a modified GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition on April 28, 2022. 

Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Newsweek that the building could have been used as Russian headquarters of some kind.

“The explosion is large and seemingly precise, indicating an air-delivered munition,” Cancian said. “Apparently, the US has sent the extended-range version of JDAM. That would mean that the Ukrainian aircraft did not need to fly over the target.”

Leaked Pentagon documents have previously revealed concerns that the bomb kits have been hindered by Russian signal jamming.

The documents were among the sensitive intelligence documents recently leaked on the internet and are now the subject of a federal investigation.


  1. “Leaked Pentagon documents have previously revealed concerns that the bomb kits have been hindered by Russian signal jamming.”

    This obviously did not happen in this spectacular strike.

  2. That’s why Prigozhin needs more ammo, not because the orcs are not getting any, but because Ukraine are destroying their stockpiles.

    • Unfortunately, those are only small stockpiles, meant for a small frontline sector. The big ones are over 100 km to the rear.

    • One of my articles has this video. But, can’t get enough of seeing dead cockroaches.

      • Right on, sometimes I forget what’s already been shared. Somethings, if too fresh I time delay also, which doesn’t help me keep track lol. AFU is keeping the skillet hot frying and refrying the cockroaches. God keep the AFU safe while they send the rashists to Kobzon’s concert.

        • Indeed, sending as many cockroaches into hell is a noble endeavor, for Ukraine and this planet.

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