BLOOMFIELD, Conn.-- Kaman Corporation recently announced that its Aerospace segment has been awarded a contract modification in the amount of $23.8 million for the procurement of Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF). The award is the first under Option 8 of Kaman's JPF contract with the U.S. Air Force. Delivery of these fuzes is anticipated to occur in 2012 and 2013.
"This award raises total JPF orders in the last twelve months to $150 million and secures our backlog of $151.7 million into 2013. The order activity we have experienced in the last year demonstrates the importance of the JPF's high reliability and operational flexibility that is critical to the U.S. and allied militaries around the world," commented Greg Steiner, President of Kaman Aerospace Group.
Kaman is the sole provider of the JPF, an electro-mechanical bomb safing and arming device, to the United States Air Force (USAF) and eighteen other nations. The JPF allows the settings of a weapon to be programmed in flight and is the current bomb fuze of choice of the USAF. The JPF is used with a number of weapons including general purpose bombs, and guided bombs that use JDAM or Paveway kits, on U.S. aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-22, 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's regular production schedule is more than 2,000 JPFs per month from facilities in Orlando, Florida and Middletown, Connecticut.