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ATK Awarded $17 M for AIM-9P Sidewinder Rocket Motors

  • ATK Rocket Motors Support Sustainment of AIM-9P Missiles

Production of ATK's AIM-9P Rocket Motors to be Performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W. Va.
Feb 12, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a contract worth $17 million for production of rocket motors for AIM-9P Sidewinder customers within the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Under FMS, the U.S. government procures defense articles and services on behalf of one or more foreign customers.  The U.S. Air Force (USAF) at Hill Air Force Base in Utah issued the award. Work will be performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W. Va.


This ATK rocket motor is used to power the AIM-9P version of the Sidewinder missile, which is a supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missile used by a variety of fixed-wing combat aircraft since the 1970s.  The AIM-9P Sidewinder was previously exported and is still in use by NATO countries and other international U.S. allies.  ATK manufactured more than 30,000 AIM-9P rocket motors at the ABL facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. between 1978 and 1990.

Many international inventories of the AIM-9P Sidewinder are aging beyond the missile's period of expected use in service.  By re-starting the AIM-9P rocket motor production line, ATK and the USAF provide international partners with an affordable solution to update and extend the service life of their defense systems well into the future, while avoiding substantial financial investments in new missiles and aircraft. 

"ATK is proud to re-start production of the AIM-9P rocket motor to support the needs of our FMS customers," said Jerry Brode, Tactical Propulsion Market Segment Director at ATK's Missile Products division.  "This rocket motor has a significant history with ATK and has maintained a long-standing position within our portfolio of tactical Sidewinder and air-to-air rocket motor production lines."

"ATK is committed to the ongoing success of our international allies," said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of the Missile Products division within ATK's Defense Group.  "We are honored to provide our customers around the globe with an affordable and efficient solution to reinvigorate and sustain the service life of their missile defense systems."

Production of the AIM-9P rocket motor will occur at ABL, a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility. ABL specializes in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.

Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc (ATK) (NYSE: ATK)

Published on ASDNews: Feb 13, 2013

 

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