Gun System Supports Programmable Air Bursting Precision Ammunition
DULLES, Va.Mar. 16, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that the company s MK44 Bushmaster
Chain Gun was selected by the Lithuanian Ministry of
National Defence to arm the Lithuanian Army s new Vilkas 8x8 infantry
fighting vehicles. The gun system will support air bursting
ammunition that can defeat enemies hiding in protected positions.
Orbital ATK will deliver the first MK44 chain guns beginning in
mid-2017. Upon contract completion, the company will have supported the
integration of 90 cannons with Rafael s Samson MKII Remote Weapons
Station. The cannon s increased firepower, coupled with the weapon
station s low-silhouette and ability to reload under armor inside the
hull, provide greater crew survivability and effectiveness as compared
to Lithuania s current infantry fighting vehicle fleet.
With an installed base approaching 2,000 cannons worldwide, our MK44 is
sought after for its proven reliability and effectiveness by our allies
fielding new systems or needing to upgrade existing platforms to meet
growing threats, said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for
the Armament Systems Division of Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group.
Our guns represent a commitment to working together with our nation and
our allies to create and deliver superior armaments and services for
those who defend their nation s security.
The guns come prepared to use Orbital ATK s 30mm MK310 Programmable Air
Bursting Munitions (PABM) for precise, point-in-space burst to defeat
enemy targets in defilade positions. The cartridge offers air-burst,
point-detonate and point-detonate with delay fuze settings. The PABM
cartridge can provide lethal suppressive fire through its air-burst
function or penetrate light-armor vehicles or reinforced concrete walls.
The MK310 s delay function allows the round to penetrate a wall or
fortified structure and burst on the other side, reducing collateral
damage while increasing effectiveness.
The MK44 is capable of being upgunned to a 40mm configuration. This
provides future growth for the gun system to provide greater stand off
and firepower to meet emerging threats. Recently the company
demonstrated the MK44 s ability to defeat defilade targets with both
30mm and 40mm PABM before a group of more than 150 customers and
industry partners during its Bushmaster User Conference. Additionally,
the cannon fired the company s newly developed 40mm high-explosive
incendiary traced and target practice rounds.
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 12,500 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
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
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