Innovative Technology Transforms Conventional Artillery Projectiles
with Precision Capability
DULLES, Va.Aug. 4, 2016--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that the company has received a $69
million contract that exercises a second option from the U.S. Government
to produce artillery precision guidance kits (PGK) for the U.S.
military. PGK-fuzed projectiles allow battlefield commanders to more
safely employ artillery with greater accuracy and less risk of
collateral damage. Orbital ATK produced 4,779 PGK fuzes under the
low-rate initial production contract and has transitioned to full-rate
production to support the current program needs.
PGK combines guidance and fuze function for 155mm conventional artillery
projectiles into one device. By simply replacing a standard fuze with
Orbital ATK's guidance fuze, artillery projectiles are reliably
delivered to within 30 meters (or closer) of the intended target. This
degree of accuracy greatly reduces conventional artillery dispersion
which can be 200 meters or more.
Extensive, rigorous testing continues to prove maturity of PGK
technology in terms of producibility, reliability, performance and
safety, said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for Orbital
ATK s Armament Systems division. This is an affordable, game-changing
technology that provides the warfighter with precision and safety.
Today s battlefield is extremely complex and continually evolving.
Reducing the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage to
infrastructure is critical. These constraints can restrict the
battlefield commander s options and limit conventional artillery use to
engage critical targets. PGK-fuzed rounds provides battlefield
commanders with an organic precision capability that puts artillery back
into the fight.
Orbital ATK recently completed an initial PGK production run which
passed a series of nine separate lot acceptance tests that demonstrated
PGK's reliability to guide the round while in flight and perform all
fuze functions correctly under extreme environmental conditions.
The company recently expanded its production capability to accommodate
full-rate production and is delivering on the first full-rate contract
that runs through 2018. With the signing of the $69 million second
option, Orbital ATK will deliver PGK fuzes through 2019.
PGK greatly increases artillery accuracy through Orbital ATK s
innovative design which features a fixed-canard guidance approach with
gun-hardened electronics and a self-generated power supply. PGK performs
all standard fuze functions while also incorporating a fail safe
option, preventing the projectile from detonating if it does not get
close enough to the target.
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 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Bryan Kidder, 410-864-4932
Systems Group Communications
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and Investor Relations