Kaman‘s Aerospace division has received two contracts totalling $52.4m for the sale of joint programmable fuses (JPF).

Valued at $41.6m, the first contract is an exercise of Option 11 under the company’s contract with the US Air Force (USAF), and covers delivery of fuses in 2015 and 2016.

The second $10.8m order is from a direct commercial customer, and calls for supply of fuses during 2014.

Kaman Aerospace Group president Gregory Steiner said the contract awards signify the critical capability that the JPF provides to 27 militaries worldwide.

Steiner said, "The JPF is the most functional and reliable bomb fuze in the US and allied militaries’ arsenals.

"We are pleased to increase our backlog on this program to $131 million solidifying the future of our largest single program into 2016."

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"Claimed to be the USAF’s current bomb fuse of choice, the JPF is an electro-mechanical bomb safing and arming device."

Claimed to be the USAF’s current bomb fuse of choice, the JPF is an electro-mechanical bomb safing and arming device designed to allow the settings of a weapon to be programmed on wing in flight.

The fuse is currently used with an array of weapons, including general purpose bombs and guided bombs that use joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), or Paveway kits, and several USAF aircraft, such as the F-15 Silent Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Other international aircraft using the fuse, which is manufactured at Kaman’s facilities in Florida and Connecticut, US, include the Mirage 3 and JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft.

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