Northrop Grumman has received a $110 million production order from the U.S. Air Force late last year for FMU-167/B, also known as the Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze, the company announced.
The FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF) is an all-electronic, cockpit programmable, intelligent fuze capable of destroying deeply buried and targets. It provides multiple delay arming and detonation times, as well as a void-sensing capability, which allows for precision activation of the fuze.
“Northrop Grumman’s Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze takes the guesswork out of understanding the timing required to reach the target,” said Pat Nolan, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. “We continue to make investments in sophisticated fuzes to help ensure U.S. warfighters and our allies are equipped with the best tools to complete their missions.”
The FMU-167/B is powerful enough to drive a bomb through meters of concrete and rock while counting voids that are indicative of a deeply buried underground complex. By counting these voids, the “smart” fuze can detonate at a preprogrammed location within the structure, defeating adversaries’ high-value assets
Throughout its rigorous testing, the Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze has continuously demonstrated exceptional survivability, reliability and accuracy of detonation in penetrating weapons, according to Northrop Grumman.