Air Force orders Joint Programmable Fuzes from Kaman

By Richard Tomkins  |  Nov. 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM
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Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Kaman Corp. reports that it is to produce an undisclosed number of Joint Programmable Fuzes for the U.S. Air Force and the militaries of 18 other nations.

The order for the JPF -- the first under Option 13 of an existing contract -- carries an expected value of $85 million, the company said. Deliveries of the fuzes are expected to take place next year and in 2019.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the U.S. Air Force and satisfying demand for the JPF, the most highly reliable and operationally flexible bomb fuze in the U.S. Military's arsenal," Richard Barnhart, president of Kaman Aerospace Group, said in a press release. "The JPF is a strong contributor to the performance of the [the company's] Aerospace segment, and with this order and the increased demand we have seen worldwide for the JPF, we believe this contribution will continue for many years to come."

Kaman has provided Joint Programmable Fuzes to the U.S Air Force since 2002. The fuze allows weapon settings to be programmed on wing in flight. Among the aircraft using weapons the fuzes are general purpose bombs, and guided bombs that use JDAM or Paveway kits.

Kamen said the fuzes will be produced at its facilities in Orlando, Fla., and Middletown, Conn.

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