Dual Color Countermeasures Made by Orbital ATK Increase Aircraft
DULLES, Va.Oct. 13, 2015--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today the United States Air Force has awarded
the company an initial production contract for the MJU-73/B, a new
spectrally matched aircraft countermeasure.
Leveraging Orbital ATK s expertise in solid rocket propulsion has
enabled us to develop highly reliable and advanced countermeasures such
as the MJU-73/B, said Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General
Manager of Orbital ATK s Propulsion Systems Division. These
sophisticated pyrotechnic devices protect the warfighter by mimicking
the heat signature of an aircraft to lure infrared missiles away.
Orbital ATK s latest innovation in aircraft survivability, or the
increase in an aircraft s odds of not being hit by a missile, will be an
integral component of a suite of protective measures used by USAF
Special Operations aircraft. The MJU-73/B was specifically chosen for
its significant technological enhancements and outstanding performance
against an array of infrared missile threats.
Internally funded and developed, the MJU-73/B also serves as the
technology baseline for several other countermeasure efforts underway at
Orbital ATK. These efforts are currently undergoing test and evaluation.
Today the MJU-73/B is the best infrared countermeasure available, but
every day we try to push beyond what is possible, said Orbital ATK
Program Manager Jared Olson. Our research and manufacturing
capabilities will lead to even greater evolutions and effectiveness to
protect our nation s warfighters and their aircraft.
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 more than 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
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