Northrop Receives First Navy Bomb Fuze Production Order


Jeff Brody

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received an initial order from the U.S. Navy to manufacture all-electronic fuze technology that can function with general purpose bombs.

Production orders for FMU-139D/B could reach more than $400M within the next four years as part of a previously awarded contract, the company said Thursday.

FMU-139D/B is designed to have an operational life of 300 seconds and is equipped with environmental sensing, automatic retard deceleration sampling, internal self-check and dual independent launch signaling features.

The device is intended to replace the FMU-143s, FMU-152 and FMU-139C/B fuze models.

Orbital ATK, which Northrop acquired last year, developed the fuze through a $426M contract awarded in 2015. The Navy issued full-rate production authorization for the program earlier this year.

Manufacturing work will take place at Northrop’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W. Va.

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