The U.S. Air Force has awarded Kaman Precision Products Inc. modification of the contract for the Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF).
According to a statement put out by the U.S. Department of Defense on 14 November, the contract modification is for the purchase of an additional 15,000 fuzes being produced under the basic contract.
“Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Florida; and Middletown, Connecticut, has been awarded a $52,026,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to contract FA8681-18-C-0009 for the Joint Programmable Fuzes,” said in a statement.
Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; and Middletown, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2020.
Kaman has been the sole provider of the JPF to the U.S. Air Force since 2002. In addition to the U.S. Air Force, 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 bomb fuze of choice of the U.S. Air Force.
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, 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.