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US Air Force Orders $50 Million For Kaman Aero Bomb Fuses

By RW&I Staff | September 23, 2018
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Kaman Corp.'s Aerospace segment has made a $48.6 million direct commercial sale (DCS) order for the procurement of Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF), which among other applications serve as the U.S. Air Force's primary bomb fuse.

"This order continues to demonstrate the importance that allied foreign militaries place on the advanced capabilities, mission flexibility, and high reliability of the JPF," said Richard Barnhart, president of Kaman Aerospace Group. "With this order we have recorded more than $540 million in new JPF awards over the past year and continue to see strong demand for the JPF from the US Air Force and foreign militaries. We look forward to supporting the requirements of the US Air Force and our foreign military customers for many years to come."

Kaman has been the sole provider of the JPF to the Air Force since 2002 and also provides them to thirty-six other nations.

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The fuses allow the settings of a weapon to be programmed on-wing, in-flight and is the current bomb fuze of choice of the USAF.

The fuse is used with a number of weapons including general-purpose bombs, and guided bombs that use joint direct attack munition (JDAM) or Paveway kits, on U.S. aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52 and the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system as well as on international aircraft such as Mirage 3 and Gripen.

Kaman produces the JPF at facilities in Orlando, Florida, and Middletown, Connecticut.

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