L3 to supply M783 PD/DLY mortar fuse for US Army


L3 Technologies has received a contract modification to supply the M783 point detonating / delay (PD/DLY) mortar fuse for the US Army.

Valued at $32m, the contract was awarded under a foreign military sales (FMS) programme.

The equipment purchased will be used by an undisclosed international customer, L3 said in a statement.

L3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems (L3 FOS) president Rich Hunter said: “The M783 is an advanced mortar fuse that provides a new level of safety and demonstrated field reliability in excess of 99 percent to the warfighter.

“We have produced more than 1.5 million of these fuses, and this contract affirms L3’s ongoing commitment to deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions to the US Army and its international allies.”

The M783 is the army’s next-generation, Nato-standard electronic PD/DLY fuse for mortars, which is used to support close-range, indirect fire support to infantry units in combat operations.

Work under this contract will be carried out by L3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems (FOS) and is expected to be completed by February 2018.

L3 FOS is involved in the development of advanced fusing products, sensors and safety devices, which are used in numerous artillery, mortar and air-dropped munitions, and weapon systems.