Company s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Booster Completes 15th
DULLES, Va.May 30, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, successfully launched and tested its Orbital Boost Vehicle
(OBV) rocket for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as part of the
Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) FTG-15 Flight Test. The company
also supplied its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target
rocket for this critical national security system test.
The OBV was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on May
30, 2017. Orbital ATK provides the OBV to MDA as part of an industry
team led by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA).
This flight test was a major undertaking for Orbital ATK as we supplied
both the boost vehicle for the interceptor and the target, said Rich
Straka, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Launch
Vehicles Division. Today s successful test confirms the United States
missile defense program stands ready to protect against long-range
missile attacks, and we are proud to be a part of that team.
FTG-15 was the first flight of the C2 configuration of the OBV, which
includes upgraded avionics and safety systems to address new
requirements and obsolescence issues with the legacy vehicles. It was
also the first flight of the ICBM range target. MDA s goal is to expand
the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) fleet to 44 missiles by the end of
Orbital ATK is honored to be a part of MDA s charge to strengthen the
national defenses from 30 to 44 GBI Interceptors in 2017, said Straka.
We understand the importance of this goal and, we are focused on
Following a preliminary post-flight analysis of the data collected from
the mission, MDA and the GMD team confirmed all primary OBV objectives
for the interceptor test were achieved. These included pre-launch
built-in test functionality, silo launch and fly out of the OBV, and
accurate booster delivery of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) to
enable intercept of the target.
The MDA/Orbital ATK ICBM Team also confirmed nominal operation of the
target, meeting all primary mission objectives. The ICBM is largest
target in a broader family of targets that Orbital ATK supplies to the
MDA for Ballistic Missile Defense System testing.
Orbital ATK s missile defense interceptors and related target vehicles
are primarily produced at the company s engineering and manufacturing
facility in Chandler, Arizona, with solid rocket motor propulsion
manufactured in Magna, Utah, and its vehicle assembly and integration
facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Huntsville,
Today s OBV mission was executed under the GMD Development and
Sustainment Contract, which continues through at least 2018. Orbital ATK
developed the OBV under a multi-year contract with Boeing that began in
2002. Together the OBV and the EKV comprise the GBI, which is assembled
The ICBM target was provided under the Intermediate Range Ballistic
Missile contract, which continues at least thru 2019 with options for
additional target vehicles and launches.
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
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