Innovative Technology Transforms Conventional Artillery Projectiles
with Precision Capability
DULLES, Va.Feb. 27, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that the company s precision guidance kit
(PGK) is well into full-rate production and has now delivered more than
10,000 units. PGK combines guidance and fuze function for conventional
artillery projectiles into one device, allowing battlefield commanders
to employ artillery with greater accuracy and less collateral damage
risk when engaging high-value targets.
Orbital ATK has delivered more than 10,000 PGK units. PGK combines guidance and fuze function for conventional artillery projectiles into one device, allowing battlefield commanders to employ artillery with greater. (Photo credit: U.S. Army)
By replacing a standard fuze with Orbital ATK's guidance fuze, artillery
projectiles are reliably delivered to within 30 meters of the intended
target. During recent lot acceptance tests, randomly selected PGK fuzes
provided accuracy better than 10 meters Circular Error Probable and
performed all fuze functions with a perfect safety record. This degree
of accuracy greatly reduces conventional artillery dispersion, which can
be 200 meters or more.
More than 1,000 PGKs have been tested over the course of development
and production, said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for
Orbital ATK s Armament Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group.
These tests prove PGK s maturity in terms of producibility,
reliability, performance and safety. Based on our experience, we see
that PGK technology has the potential for greater integration across
current and future indirect- and direct-fire systems.
PGK enhances accuracy through Orbital ATK s innovative design which
features a fixed-canard guidance approach, gun-hardened electronics and
a self-generated power supply. PGK also incorporates a fail-safe
option, preventing the projectile from detonating if it does not get
close enough to the target.
PGK is a great success story and tremendous capability for our
artillery, said Army Product Manager, Lt. Col. Anthony Gibbs. Not only
have we reached a milestone in production, our soldiers have now fired
it more than 1,000 times during recent operations and it s really
giving them an unfair advantage.
Under the initial production contract that fielded more than 4,000
units, Orbital ATK successfully completed a series of nine separate lot
acceptance tests that demonstrated PGK's reliability to guide the round
while in flight and perform all fuze functions correctly under extreme
environmental conditions. In July 2016, Orbital ATK signed a $69 million
contract that exercises a second option to produce PGK for the U.S.
military through 2019.
Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced
propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and
land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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