Live-Fire Tests Prove Capabilities of Small Counter-RPG Kill Vehicle
DULLES, Va.Feb. 24, 2015--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, performed a live-fire demonstration of a key element of
its Helicopter Active Protection System (HAPS). The HAPS Kill Vehicle
(KV) was able to launch, perform pitch maneuvers and fly to a detonation
point that simulated the location of an incoming rocket-propelled
grenade (RPG). The demonstration is a valuable step toward a solution
for the RPG threat to helicopters flying missions in dangerous areas.
The Orbital ATK Helicopter Active Protection System kill vehicle counters rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and advanced MANPADS. (Photo: Business Wire)
Helicopters are vulnerable to damage from RPGs because the aircraft
often hovers in position at low altitude, making it easy to target by an
enemy on the ground. HAPS is designed to identify an incoming threat,
launch and guide a KV to a precise location and detonate a warhead at a
point where the RPG is rendered ineffective. All of this is designed to
occur within a fraction of a second and far enough away from the
helicopter to ensure the crew and aircraft are not harmed by metal
fragments from the destroyed RPG.
The live-fire demonstration was designed to prove-out launch from a
fixed ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispense System, off-axis pitch maneuvers
of the KV and controlled flight of the KV to an impact point. The test
flights successfully demonstrated these attributes and validated a
number of HAPS components, including the KV launch cartridge, KV divert
and attitude thrusters, non-linear guidance and control algorithms, and
the fast-sync wireless command guidance link.
Orbital ATK is dedicated to working with our customers to further
develop this first-of-a-kind active protection system for helicopters
and put it into the hands of our armed forces, said Bill Kasting, vice
president and general manager of Orbital ATK s Defense Electronic
Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. Our design uses the
helicopter s existing, fixed Countermeasures Dispense System to launch
the kill vehicle, allowing HAPS to meet the performance goals and the
size, weight and power constraints.
Our aircraft protection systems demonstrate a commitment to protecting
the warfighter, said Mike Kahn, executive vice president and president,
Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group. We took an innovative approach to
meet operational needs that can make a real difference in the level of
safety for helicopters and their crews.
The HAPS system consists of an Engagement Management Module, a
slightly-modified Counter Measures Dispense System, such as the ALE-47,
and the KVs that launch from the counter-measures dispenser. The KVs fit
within the envelope of the standard flare and chaff launch tubes. In
addition to countering RPGs, HAPS can serve as a last line of defense
against advanced man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS.
The live-fire test was conducted in Socorro, New Mexico, and witnessed
by personnel from the Rapid Reaction Technology Office of the Office of
the Secretary of Defense. The Technology Office sponsored the testing of
Orbital ATK s internally-developed active countermeasure.
Orbital ATK s aircraft survivability product portfolio includes the
AAR-47 missile, laser and hostile-fire threat warning sensor and the
ShotFinder acoustic hostile-fire detection system. The AAR-47 missile
warning system is installed on more than 3,200 fixed and rotary-wing
aircraft and is flown by the U.S. and its allies in more than 16
Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons,
electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-,
and land-based systems.
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 20 states across the United States
and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
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