Kaman announced on 24 April that its Aerospace segment has received an order with an expected value of $48.6 million (€43.6 million) for procurement of the Joint Programmable Fuze (JPF).
Kaman has been the sole provider of the JPF to the US Air Force (USAF) since 2002. In addition to the USAF, Kaman provides the JPF to thirty-six other nations. The unit allows the settings of a weapon to be programmed on-wing in-flight and is the current bomb fuze of choice for the USAF. The JPF is used with a number of weapons, including general purpose bombs, and guided bombs that use Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) or PAVEWAY kits, on US aircraft such as the F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52 and the MQ-9 unmanned aerial system (UAS), as well as on international aircraft such as MIRAGE 2000, TORNADO, F/A-18, MIRAGE 3 and GRIPEN. Kaman produces the JPF at facilities in Orlando, FL and Middletown, CT.
“Our allied foreign militaries continue to recognise the advanced capabilities, mission flexibility, and high reliability of the JPF. Our ability to increase our production capacity has allowed us to continue to meet the strong multi-year demand for the JPF from the US Air Force and foreign militaries, and we look forward to continuing to support the requirements of these customers into the future,” commented Kaman Aerospace Group President, Richard Barnhart.