AARGM Continues to Protect U.S. Navy and Allies from Surface-to-Air
DULLES, Va.Sep. 8, 2015--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that it has been awarded a $119 million
contract by the U.S. Navy for the fourth full-rate production lot of the
Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and a fifth lot for up to
$141 million. The contract covers All-Up Round missiles and captive air
training missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force as well as the
second Foreign Military Sales order for the Royal Australian Air Force.
The contract award reinforces the customers need for AARGM s critical
Orbital ATK's AARGM Being Launched from U.S. Navy F/A-18D Hornet (Photo: Business Wire)
With the rapid proliferation of threats emerging around the world,
AARGM provides significant advanced capabilities to those protecting our
nation each and every day, said Bill Kasting, Vice President and
General Manager of Orbital ATK s Defense Electronic Systems division of
the Defense Systems Group. AARGM continues to provide the U.S. Navy and
our allies with the most advanced system against surface-to-air threats.
AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading
legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with advanced capability to perform
destruction of enemy air defense missions. AARGM provides the most
advanced system for pilots, with in-cockpit, real-time electronic order
of battle situational awareness against today s modern surface-to-air
threats. It is able to rapidly engage traditional and non-traditional
advanced land- and sea-based air-defense threats, as well as striking,
AARGM is a U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force international cooperative
major acquisition program with the U.S. Navy as the executive agent.
AARGM is currently deployed and supporting operational requirements for
the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The missile is integrated into the
weapons systems on the FA-18C/D Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G
Growler aircraft. AARGM is anticipated to achieve Initial Operational
Capability on the Italian Air Force s Tornado ECR aircraft in 2017.
With additional integration efforts, AARGM could be employed on the F-35.
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 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
Bryan Kidder, 410-864-4932
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Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
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