Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerospace segment has been awarded a commercial sale purchase order for Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF) in the amount of $19 million for an undisclosed customer. Delivery of these fuzes is anticipated to occur in 2011.
"With this order and the order announced last week, the backlog for the JPF, one of our largest programs, has grown to $139 million and extends into 2012. Year to date orders from the U.S. Air Force and foreign customers total $126 million demonstrating 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 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.
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