BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- Kaman Corporation recently announced that its Aerospace segment has been awarded a commercial sale purchase order for Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF) in the amount of $25 million for an undisclosed customer.
Delivery of these fuzes is anticipated to occur in 2011. "The JPF has proven to provide the high reliability and operational flexibility that is critical to the U.S. and allied militaries around the world today and this order further demonstrates the importance of these capabilities. The JPF is one of Kaman's largest programs and this order brings our year to date JPF order total to over $107 million. Further, it increases our current JPF backlog, which extends into 2012, to approximately $128 million," commented Gregory Steiner, President of the 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.