Air Force places $85 million order for programmable fuzes with Kaman

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. U.S. Air Force officials tapped Kaman Corp.'s aerospace business unit for a $85 million contract to deliver Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF) for the Air Force and 18 foreign militaries.

Kaman officials say it's the first order under Option 13 of Kaman’s JPF contract with the Air Force. Deliveries are expected in 2018 and 2019.

In addition to the USAF, Kaman provides the JPF to twenty-six other nations. The JPF allows the settings of a weapon to be programmed on wing in flight and is the current fuze of choice of the USAF.

The JPF is used with a number of weapons including general purpose bombs, and that use 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 UAV 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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