Company s Advanced Ammunition Initiative Making Rapid Progress
Demonstration to be Featured on Outdoor Channel s GunnyTime with R.
DULLES, Va.Jun. 27, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, provided its customer and partner base a live
demonstration of its MK44 Bushmaster Chain Gun firing
a variety of both 30mm and 40mm ammunition during the company s
Bushmaster User Conference at Big Sandy Range, Arizona. The gathering of
domestic and international attendees watched as the MK44 guns hit
targets before and after a rapid changeover from a 30mm to a 40mm
configuration. The MK44 Chain Gun will be featured on the 2017 season
premiere episode of GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey on Outdoor Channel
beginning Wednesday, June 28, featuring Ermey firing the MK44 Chain Gun
with Orbital ATK s 30mm and 40mm Airbursting Ammunition.
The MK44 is quickly becoming the most sought after medium-caliber
cannon, said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager of the
Armament Systems Division of Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group.
Today s battlefield call for greater standoff and increased firepower
is driving new combat vehicle platforms to include larger guns and
advanced ammunition types. The same is true for upgrade programs.
Attendees of the live-fire demonstration saw the MK44 Chain Gun, mounted
to a Kongsberg Protector Turret and General Dynamics Land Systems Light
Armored Vehicle, engage a variety of adobe, concrete block and steel
panel targets in 30mm configuration using high-explosive incendiary
ammunition. Additionally, the MK44 was set up with Orbital ATK s
proprietary air-bursting munition fuze-setting equipment to demonstrate
the gun s ability to precisely fire several rounds in rapid succession
with point-bursting accuracy, both horizontally and vertically across
In addition to the air-bursting capability, Orbital ATK is developing
other precision technologies for its medium-caliber ammunition,
including proximity detonating and command guidance that are compatible
with its medium-caliber cannons. These two new advanced capabilities
will be demonstrated at the Bushmaster Users Conference in 2018 and
The MK44 Bushmaster Chain Gun is available new as a 30mm or 40mm weapon.
At the completion of the 30mm demonstration, the system was easily
upgunned in about an hour s time and readied to fire 40mm ammunition.
The demonstration in the 40mm configuration showed the increased
firepower that the 40mm cannon and ammunition provided engaged against
similar target panels. The weapon also fired Orbital ATK s newly
developed 40mm Programmable Air Burst Munitions (PABM) with dramatic
effects on a replicated target set in a combat-defilade position.
Industry partners General Dynamics Land Systems, Kongsberg and Orbital
ATK are upgrading the U.S. Army s Second Cavalry Regiment s Stryker
fleet with a similar system integrating the Protector MCT-30 turret and
a variant of the MK44 30mm Bushmaster Chain Gun, designated the XM813.
Once fielded, the complete Stryker system will offer combat crews
greater protection as they will be able to fight under armor with a leap
ahead in firepower, reliability and effectiveness through the addition
of a vehicle main gun.
Orbital ATK is developing and qualifying an entire Super 40mm family of
ammunition to include Target Practice with Tracer, High Explosive
Incendiary with Tracer and an Armor Penetrating Fin Stabilized
Discarding Sabot with Tracer round, as well as the PABM showcased during
the Bushmaster User Conference.
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
Jarrod Krull, 763-744-5371
Systems Group Communications
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor