Alliant Techsystems Operations, a subsidiary ofÂ Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), has received a $109.9M contract from the U.S. Air Force to manufacture additional cockpit-programmable fuzes designed to help warfighters destroy buried targets. The contract is for the full-rate production of lots 2 and 3Â Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze systems along with spares, training equipment and support services, the Department of Defense said Friday.
USAF is obligating the full contract amount at the time of award from itsÂ ammunition procurement funds fromÂ fiscal years 2017, 2018Â and 2019.Â Work will occur throughÂ July 31, 2023,Â at the Rocket Center in West Virginia.
Orbital ATK, which Northrop acquired last year, developed the FMU-167/B HTVSF technology for the service branch. The fuze is equipped with solid state electronics and designed to operate with air-delivered penetrating weaponsÂ that weigh 2,000 to 5,000 pounds such the BLU-109 and BLU-113 bombs.