IRBM Target a Critical Element of US Missile Shield Testing
Test Validates THAAD Missile Defense System
DULLES, Va.Jul. 11, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced the successful launch of its Intermediate Range
Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
The target was launched in support of the Terminal High Altitude Area
Defense (THAAD) flight test program for MDA.
The IRBM target was air-dropped from the cargo hold of a C-17 aircraft
and lowered by parachutes before igniting and performing its mission of
simulating an intermediate range ballistic missile threat. The company s
air-launched IRBM system provides MDA with increased flexibility in
testing its Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). These tests are a
critical element of the U.S. missile shield.
Orbital ATK designed the IRBM to provide more flexible targets at a
lower cost to meet the customer s current and future needs, said Rich
Straka, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Launch
Vehicles Division. Congratulations to our Orbital ATK employees and the
entire MDA team for mission success on this flight test.
The company s IRBM target program currently has a contract ceiling of
$1.4 billion, including all options. A total of sixteen vehicles are now
under contract through 2019 with options for additional vehicles.
Orbital ATK takes great pride in our contribution of designing and
deploying sophisticated target systems to test the nation s missile
defense systems against all possible threats, said Straka. We remain
committed to the defense of this nation and our allies around the world.
The IRBM target uses the company s Orion family of solid rocket motors,
originally designed for the air-launched Pegasus space launch vehicle.
Other Orbital ATK rockets that use Orion motors include the Minotaur
family of vehicles and the Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV) long-range
interceptor for MDA s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.
Employees from Orbital ATK s facilities in Huntsville, Alabama;
Chandler, Arizona; and Magna and Clearfield, Utah, contributed to this
Orbital ATK provides a complete suite of threat-representative missiles
target products, spanning short-, medium-, intermediate- and long-range
ballistic missiles that use both new and surplus rocket motors to
provide the best value to MDA and other U.S. government agencies. The
company also produces short-range ramjet-propelled targets for the U.S.
Navy, including sea-skimming and high-altitude variants, for ship
self-defense exercises. During the past 30 years, Orbital ATK has built
and launched more than 200 target vehicles from 11 launch sites around
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 13,000 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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