ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $24 million contract modification to provide the U.S. Army with additional ammunition, hardware, test and analysis support further user assessments of the XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System (ISAAS). In March 2011, ATK received a $65.8 million Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract from the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier for the XM25. This 30-month EMD contract provided the necessary funding for the continuing design, integration, production, and testing of full-up systems to ensure the weapon's final design meets performance requirements and is production-ready prior to Army-wide fielding.
In 2010, the U.S. Army began a Forward Operational Assessment (FOA) of the XM25 with soldiers in Afghanistan to determine its capabilities through use in actual combat operations. Based on the weapon's initial success throughout the FOA, the Army has requested the items necessary to continue further weapon assessments. Information gathered during the ongoing operational assessment will provide valuable user feedback that will ultimately support the EMD process.
"The XM25 provides the individual soldier with an advanced capability to quickly engage targets hidden behind walls or in defilade," said Bruce DeWitt, Vice President and General Manager for ATK Advanced Weapons. "By putting smart technology into the soldiers' hands, we're able to provide them with a distinct battlefield advantage by taking away an adversary's ability to hide behind cover."
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