Significant Delivery Milestone for Key Weapon Against Surface-to-Air
DULLES, Va.Jun. 6, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, achieved a significant milestone with the delivery of the
500th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) to the U.S. Navy.
AARGM provides a key capability to U.S. and allied forces to defeat
enemy surface-to-air radar systems. The occasion was marked with a
ceremony at the Orbital ATK production facility in Northridge,
California, on May 31. Attendees included 30th Congressional District
U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, Program Manager for Direct and Time
Sensitive Strike Weapons (PMA-242) Capt. Al Mousseau, and other Navy
senior executives and industry suppliers.
Orbital ATK has steadily increased production and delivery of AARGM s
much-needed capability to the U.S. Navy, said Cary Ralston, vice
president and general manager of Orbital ATK s Defense Electronic
Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. Our dedicated workforce
coupled with our close partnership with the U.S. Navy, Italian Air
Force, our industry partners and suppliers has been paramount to our
success. We look forward to our continued collective success.
"The delivery of the 500th weapon represents a commitment by this
government-industry team, from the supply base to the prime contractor,
to deliver a weapon system with a significant warfighting capability in
the Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defense mission area," stated
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 is able to rapidly
engage traditional and advanced land- and sea-based air-defense threats,
as well as non-radar time-sensitive strike targets. Leveraging a digital
receiver set, GPS/INS guidance, digital terrain data base and the
game-changing millimeter wave (MMW) terminal guidance seeker, AARGM
provides the most advanced system that can also provide pilots with
in-cockpit, real-time electronic order of battle situational awareness
against today s modern surface-to-air threats.
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.
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
Defense Electronic Systems Communications
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
and Investor Relations