Company s Long-Range Silo-Launched Booster Completes 14th
Orbital ATK Also Supplies Intermediate Range Target for CTV-02+
DULLES, Va.Jan. 29, 2016--
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) Controlled Test Vehicle-02 Plus
(CTV)-02+ mission. The company also supplied its Intermediate Range
Ballistic Missile target rocket for this critical national security
The OBV was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on
January 28, 2016. Orbital ATK provides the OBV to MDA as part of an
industry team led by The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and Northrop Grumman
This test marks the fourteenth successful flight of our OBV rocket,
supporting MDA s ongoing testing of its GMD system, said Rich Straka,
Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Launch Vehicles
Division. We are proud to support this vital program that defends the
United States against long-range missile attacks.
A Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) intercept was not an objective for this
particular flight test. The test began when the GMD fire control system
processed a weapons task plan to launch a GBI from a silo at Vandenberg
Air Force Base against an air-launched Intermediate-Range Ballistic
Missile target, also supplied by Orbital ATK.
Following a preliminary post-flight analysis of the data collected from
the mission, MDA and the GMD team confirmed all primary OBV objectives
for flight test were achieved. These included pre-launch built-in test
functionality, silo launch and fly out of the OBV, accurate booster
delivery of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) and acquisition of
telemetry data for further characterization of the OBV s flight
Orbital ATK s missile defense interceptors and related target vehicle
are primarily produced at the company s engineering and manufacturing
facility in Chandler, Arizona, with propulsion manufactured in Magna,
Utah and its vehicle assembly and integration facilities at Vandenberg
Air Force Base, California and Huntsville, Alabama.
Today s 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 from Boeing that began in 2002.
Together the OBV and the EKV comprise the GBI, which is assembled by
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 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Trina Helquist, 480-620-0248
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