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U.S. Navy buys 300 BRU-55A/A bomb ejector racks

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Ryan Maass
EDO Corporation will provide the Navy with 300 smart bomb racks. Pictured, U.S. Air Force personnel load munitions to an A-10C Thunderbolt II
EDO Corporation will provide the Navy with 300 "smart" bomb racks. Pictured, U.S. Air Force personnel load munitions to an A-10C Thunderbolt II

April 17 (UPI) -- Harris Corporation subsidiary EDO Corp. Defense Systems received a $29 million contract to deliver BRU-55A/A bomb ejector racks to the U.S. Navy.

The contract calls for the delivery of 300 aircraft bomb ejector racks. BRU-55A/A racks are integrated with aircraft, enabling planes to carry a variety of munitions for combat missions. Weapons weighing up to 1000 pounds can be equipped to the device.

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Munitions associated with the BRU-55 include Joint Direct Attack Munitions, the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser and the Joint Standoff Weapon.

Various fighters such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Super Hornet use the BRU-55 to equip weapons.

Work will be performed at various facilities in New York, Pennsylvania and California. The U.S. Department of Defense expects the company's tasks to be complete by April 2020.

The contract was not competitively procured, in line with defense acquisition regulations. The Naval Air Systems Command is overseeing the operation.

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