Company s Fifth PTV Target Launch for the U.S. Air Force Space and
Missile Systems Center Supports Readiness of Nation s PATRIOT System
DULLES, Va.Sep. 21, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, successfully launched a PATRIOT Target Vehicle (PTV) for
the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). Orbital ATK s
PTV served as an intercept target for the U.S. Army Lower Tier Project
Office (LTPO) PATRIOT air and missile defense system.
The PTV launched on September 17, 2017 from Wake Island into Reagan Test
Site (RTS) Kwajalein Island. The target flew a southerly course over the
western Pacific Ocean. The target and re-entry vehicle were designed,
built and tested by Orbital ATK.
We are very pleased to support the Air Force and Army with a fifth
successful target launch it flew its planned sequence precisely as
expected, said Rich Straka, Vice President and General Manager of
Orbital ATK s Launch Vehicles Division. We look forward to future tests
with the PTV to continue supporting the readiness of the nation s
Orbital ATK has been supporting the U.S. Air Force with ballistic target
systems for more than 20 years. The development of the Janus PTV target
vehicle took just 19 months and included the development of a new
re-entry vehicle. This development activity relied heavily on
flight-proven designs from other Orbital ATK launch programs, such as
the Medium Range Target, Targets and Critical Measurement Program, and
Operational Test Two vehicle.
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Orbital ATK is one of the country s most experienced developers and
operators of missile defense-related launch vehicles. The company
supports virtually all of the country s major missile defense programs
with highly reliable and cost-effective target vehicles. Orbital ATK
produces its missile defense interceptors and related target vehicles
primarily at the company s engineering and manufacturing facility in
Chandler, Arizona, and its vehicle assembly and integration facilities
at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Huntsville, Alabama.
In addition to the PATRIOT program, Orbital ATK s target vehicles
support testing of the U.S. Navy s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
system, the Missile Defense Agency s Ground-based Midcourse Defense
system (GMD), and the U.S. Army s THAAD system. Orbital ATK also
produces the Coyote ramjet-powered supersonic naval target vehicle used
to test the self-defense systems of U.S. Navy ships.
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 across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Trina Patterson, 480-814-6504
Vehicles Division Public Relations
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor Relations