After developmental testing this month . . .
The Air Force expects to complete developmental testing of the Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze by March after program delays pushed back the schedule for completing the engineering and manufacturing development phase by a few months, the program office at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, confirmed this week.
The sophisticated new fuze, developed by ATK, can “count” the number of rooms, or voids, it passes through before detonating a warhead at the correct depth, bringing an entirely new capability to legacy bunker bombs.
The new device will replace legacy fuzes on the 5,000-pound class BLU-113 and GBU-28 penetrator bombs, and will be compatible with Raytheon’s Paveway laser-guidance assembly.