Orbital ATK’ FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuse (HTVSF) has completed a Milestone C review, allowing the technology to move from engineering and manufacturing development to production and deployment phase.
The technology is under development with the US Air Force (USAF). It also received approval for entry into low rate initial production (LRIP). LRIP is part of the production and deployment phase.
Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group Missile Products division vice-president and general manager Cary Ralston said: "Orbital ATK continues to use new and developing technologies to keep pace with customer needs.
The Hard Target Void Sensing Fuse is another excellent example of how we are taking our exciting new technologies off the drawing board and into the hands of our warfighter."
The HTVSF provides the capability to destroy hardened, buried targets and features multiple delay arming and detonation times, as well as a void-sensing function. It is aimed to use with the current inventory of air-delivered penetrating weapons, the company stated.
Orbital ATK developed the all-electronic FMU-167/B and the FMU-167/B HTVSF incorporates advanced sensors, robust algorithms and hardened electronics technology.
In March this year, Orbital ATK received a contract to incorporate a gunship capability package into the Lebanese Air Force’s Cessna C-208B Caravan intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.
C-208B Caravan is a militarised version of the Cessna 208 Caravan passenger and utility aircraft, and features a more powerful PT6A-114A engine, and electro optical sensors and defensive countermeasures.
The Lebanese Air Force currently operates three C-208B Caravans for close-air support, border surveillance and training, as well as counterinsurgency operations.