Kaman wins joint programmable fuses supply contract

26 April 2019 (Last Updated April 26th, 2019 16:30)

Kaman’s Aerospace segment has secured a direct commercial sale (DCS) order to provide joint programmable fuses (JPF).

Kaman’s Aerospace segment has secured a direct commercial sale (DCS) order to provide joint programmable fuses (JPF).

The order has an expected aggregate value of $48.6m. Kaman has been the USAF’s exclusive supplier of JPFs since 2002.

Additionally, the company supplies JPFs to 36 other nations. JPF sales could include direct sales to the USAF, foreign military sales (FMS) approved by the US Government, and direct sales to foreign militaries.

Kaman Aerospace Group president Richard Barnhart said: “Our allied foreign militaries continue to recognise the advanced capabilities, mission flexibility, and high reliability of the JPF.

“Our ability to increase our production capacity has allowed us to continue to meet the strong multi-year demand for the JPF from the USAF and foreign militaries, and we look forward to continuing to support the requirements of these customers into the future.”

“The JPFs can be integrated into US aircraft such as F-15, F-35, B-52 and the MQ-9 UAV, as well as international aircraft, including Mirage 2000, Tornado, Mirage 3 and Gripen.”

The JPF is currently the bomb fuse of choice of the USAF. It is designed to enable the service to programme the settings of a weapon on wing in flight.

It can be used with several weapons, including general purpose bombs, and guided bombs that use the joint direct attack munition or Paveway kits.

The JPFs can be integrated into US aircraft such as F-15, F-35, B-52 and the MQ-9 UAV, as well as international aircraft, including Mirage 2000, Tornado, Mirage 3 and Gripen.

The fuses are manufactured at Kaman’s US facilities in Orlando, Florida and Middletown, Connecticut.

In September, Kaman won an order to provide JPFs.