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Army orders mortar fuzes for FMS customer

By
Richard Tomkins

Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has given L-3 Technologies a contract modification to produce M783 Point Detonating/Delay mortar fuzes for another country.

The unidentified country is obtaining the fuzes through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

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"The M783 is an advanced mortar fuze that provides a new level of safety and demonstrated field reliability in excess of 99 percent to the warfighter," said Rich Hunter, president of L3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems. "We have produced more than 1.5 million of these fuzes, and this contract affirms L3's ongoing commitment to deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions to the U.S. Army and its international allies."

The M783 is the U.S. Army's next-generation, NATO-standard electronic PD/DLY fuze for mortars used to support close-range, indirect fire support for infantry units.

L-3 said manufacture of the fuzes will be conducted by L3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems, which is part of the Precision Engagement & Training sector within the Electronic Systems business segment.

The contract modification is worth $32 million. All work is expected to be completed by early 2018.

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