ATK Awarded $49.9 M to Produce LW30 M789 HEDP Ammunition
- Light Weight 30mm HEDP Rounds Offer Superior Armor Penetration
The M789 round is fired by ATK's M230 Chain Gun(r), in use on the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters. Delivery of the optioned rounds is set to begin in September 2012, with production taking place in the company's facilities in Radford, Va. and Rocket Center, W.Va.
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"The dual-purpose M789 round provides the firepower necessary to penetrate armor while maintaining its high-explosive capability for use against soft targets," said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Integrated Weapon Systems. "This versatility has made it a highly-effective combat round, and it is currently supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
ATK provides affordable, precision, medium-caliber cannons; advanced fire control systems for ground, sea, and air platforms; and produces more than eight million rounds of medium caliber ammunition per year.
Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc (ATK) (NYSE: ATK)