June 5, 2018

Kaman taps $69M order for Middletown-made fuzes

Photo | Kaman Corp.
Photo | Kaman Corp.

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc., a subsidiary of Bloomfield-based Kaman Corp. has received its first order of bomb fuzes under a current $324 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.

The company makes the fuzes, sold in 28 countries, at plants in Middletown and Orlando, Fla.

Kaman said the first batch of joint programmable fuzes (JFP) are valued at approximately $69 million, which will be used for the U.S. Air Force and 10 foreign militaries. The bomb fuzes are used on a variety of weapons and bombs.

"Looking ahead, we are prepared to support the USAF on their future JPF needs, while continuing to pursue significant foreign opportunities that will ensure the JPF remains a strong contributor for years to come," Kaman Aerospace Group President Richard Barnhart said.

Kaman officials have said its fuze contract with the Air Force is its biggest order since it started making the devices to arm U.S. and allied warplane bombloads in 2002.

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