L3 wins US Army contract to supply electronic fuses for mortars


The US Army has awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to L3 Technologies to supply Nato-standard electronic fuses for mortars.

The multi-year contract has an initial value of $89.2m and comes with a base performance period and four option years which, if fully exercised, can bring the total amount of the award to more than $230m.

Under the contract, L3 will supply M783 point detonating / delay (PD/DLY) mortar fuses and M734A1 multi-option fuse for mortars (MOFM).

The M783 and M734A1 fuses have been designed to support close range, indirect fire support to infantry units in combat operations.

The 94.5mm long M783 PD/DLY fuse can be used with 60mm mortar M224, 81mm mortar M252, and 120mm mortar M120, M121.

"The advanced capabilities of these mortar fuses deliver unsurpassed safety, performance and reliability to the warfighter."

The M734A1 MOFM has a length of 94.5mm and replaces the M734 fuse with improved proximity accuracy and incorporates an apex sensor for overhead safety.

L3 Electronic Systems business segment president Todd Gautier said: “This award strengthens our long-term partnership with the US Army.

“The advanced capabilities of these mortar fuses deliver unsurpassed safety, performance and reliability to the warfighter. We are proud to have delivered these fuses to the army for the past 20 years.”

L3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems (L3 FOS), which is part of the precision engagement systems sector within Electronic Systems, will carry out work under the contract in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.

The company develops advanced fusing products, sensors and safety devices for numerous artillery, mortar and air-dropped munitions, as well as rockets, missiles and other advanced weapon systems.