12:00 AM, September 3, 2009
Alliant Techsystems recently received a $10 million order for Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setters (EPIAFS), following successful completion of First Article Acceptance Testing (FAAT) with the U.S. Government. The contract was awarded to ATK by the U.S. Army Program Manager - Combat Ammunition Systems located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. The EPIAFS provides warfighters the capability to download automated fire control data to initialize the Global Positioning System (GPS) on 155mm projectiles such as XM982 Excalibur, and rounds equipped with ATK's Precision Guidance Kit (PGK). In addition, the EPIAFS is also capable of setting all NATO standard fuzes on projectiles fired from the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, M777A2 lightweight towed howitzer and the future Non-Line-Of-Sight cannon. The comprehensive FAAT requirements included more than 100 component level first article acceptance requirements. Since completing the FAAT, ATK expedited delivery of 420 systems to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to meet urgent training and deployment requirements. "Our ability to expedite delivery of these units underscores our commitment to the warfighter to deliver affordable innovation," said Bart Olson, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Tactical Propulsion Systems. "This innovative product provides our warfighters enhanced capability to set and fire 155mm conventional and precision-guided projectiles," said Olson. "ATK has more than 40 years experience in manufacturing electronic fuzes and subsystems. We are dedicated to providing quality products our customers can depend on."