Kaman‘s Aerospace division has secured a contract modification for the delivery of additional FMU-152 joint programmable fuses (JPF) to the US Air Force (USAF).
Valued at $28.9m, the contract represents a follow-on order, raising the total under Option 11 of the company’s JPF contract with the USAF to approximately $90m.
Kaman Aerospace Group president Greg Steiner said: "The JPF is the most functional and reliable bomb fuse in the US Military’s arsenal.
"We are pleased to increase our backlog on this programme to $131m, solidifying the future of our largest single programme through 2016."
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, such as general purpose bombs and guided bombs that use joint-direct attack munitions, and paveway kits.
Several USAF aircraft also use the fuse. These are the F-15 Silent Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, as well as the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle. The Mirage 3 and JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft also use the fuse.
The company refused to disclose the number of fuses ordered under the latest contract, but said that the deliveries under Option 11 are expected to take place in 2015 and 2016.