Orbital ATK has signed long-term agreements with premier commercial ammunition suppliers, valued in excess of $400 million over a three-year period that span from 2018 to 2020..
The supplier agreements focus primarily on 5.56mm and .223 caliber ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri, the company announced Wednesday.
Since 2000, Orbital ATK has produced more than 17 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition at Lake City to support U.S. and allied warfighters around the globe as well as commercial customers.
“Our primary mission is, and always has been, to manufacture and provide the highest quality ammunition to the United States Armed Forces and our allies,” said Jim Nichols, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK's Small Caliber Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group.
“Supplementing military production, commercial supply agreements like these are beneficial to both Orbital ATK and our Army customer as they provide an expanded business base for our Lake City operations, workforce, and key suppliers, and help ensure that we stand ready to quickly increase production of small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army when needed.” Nichols added.
Orbital ATK won more than $53 million to manufacture a precision guidance kit M1156 to turn existing 155 mm artillery shells into smart weapons, the Department of Defense said in a press release. "Orbital Alliant Techsystems Operations [of] Plymouth, Minnesota was awarded a $53,591,925… for procurement of precision guidance kit M1156," the release stated on Thursday
Despite Orbital ATKs lawsuit, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has gone ahead with its Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program by selecting Space Systems Loral (SSL) as its commercial partner for the program. DARPA and SSL seek to develop technologies that would enable cooperative inspection and servicing of satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and demonstrate those technologies on orbit, DARPA said in a press statement Thursday
Orbital ATK has sued Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) questioning its Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program as a competition to commercial enterprises and also a violation of the US National Space Policy. “DARPAs RSGS program will subsidize a single company with several hundred million dollars worth of space hardware and launch service, courtesy of the US taxpayer, to directly compete with commercial satellite servicing systems that Orbital ATK and other companies are developing with their own private capital
Orbital ATK has won a $14.7 million contract for the conversion of Italys AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) into Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)
Orbital ATK has won $157 million contract for the full-rate production of Lot 6 for Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). This contract provides for the conversion of AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles into 230 AGM-88E AARGM All-Up-Rounds and six captive air training missiles, to include related supplies and services necessary for their manufacture, sparing, and fleet deployment, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday
Orbital ATK along with the US Navy is rolling out the Block 1 software upgrade to the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). Earlier this year, Orbital ATK and the US Navy completed testing, demonstrating the effectiveness of the software upgrade, the company said in a statement Monday
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