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Alliant Precision Fuze receives $8M for production of extra sensors

January 14, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Alliant Precision Fuze Co. has been awarded a $8 million contract modification to provide for 7,078 additional DSU-33B/B proximity sensors. This is a nose-mounted Radio Frequency Proximity sensor used on the M117 and MK-80 series general-purpose bombs and the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).
The DSU-33B/B provides a sensor fire pulse to a fuze, which in turn initiates bomb detonation at a height-of-burst (HOB) nominally 20 feet. The HOB detonation capability enhances the performance of general-purpose bombs and JDAMs for above ground targets.

The DSU-33B/B can provide a fire pulse to the following fuzes: FMU-139/B, FMU-139 A/B, FMU139B/B, and the FMU-152/B. Power for the DSU-33B/B is provided by an internal battery, which is initiated by either an FZU-48/B or the FZU-55/B and FZU-55A/B in the Air Force configuration, or the fuze function control set in the Navy configuration.

The sensor is qualified for use on the F-16, including foreign military sales versions.

The work is scheduled to be completed by March 2006.