Orbital ATK to Incorporate Gunship Capabilities on Cessna Caravan
DULLES, Va.Mar. 12, 2015--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, has received a U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military
Sale contract to modify existing Cessna C-208B Caravan Intelligence
Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft for the Lebanese Air Force.
Orbital ATK originally incorporated electro-optical sensor,
communications and aircraft self-protection equipment into the aircraft
and will now add strike capability utilizing Hellfire missiles.
Following aircraft modification, Orbital ATK will provide contractor
logistics support for one year.
Orbital ATK's modified Caravan has a proven track record of
reliability, affordability and versatility, said Bill Kasting, vice
president and general manager of Orbital ATK's Defense Electronic
Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. To date, the operational
readiness of Orbital ATK s modified C-208 aircraft continues to be
outstanding and we have successfully supported international customers
for more than four years since the initial fielding of the system.
The gunship capability package is part of Orbital ATK's Special Mission
Aircraft product portfolio, which provides affordable, responsive and
advanced capabilities to customer-preferred platforms, including a
roll-on, roll-off palletized approach. Orbital ATK s expertise includes
outfitting various aircraft -- including the Alenia C-27J, CASA
CN-235/295, Lockheed C-130, Bombardier Dash-8, Hawker Beechcraft King
Air, Cessna Caravan and others -- with integrated intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance, and weapons employment capabilities.
Orbital ATK s solution offers networked observation and over-watch,
border security and counterinsurgency capabilities that is low-cost and
highly reliable and requires minimal personnel and facilities to operate
Orbital ATK s Defense 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 U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Orbital ATK, Inc.
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