12:00 AM, November 3, 2010
ATK was awarded a $71 million contract by the Department of Defense to provide LUU-2D/B and LUU-19B/B illuminating flares supporting the military efforts of the United States and its allies. The contract includes production and delivery of the flares for three years, with the first deliveries in 2011. The primary end user will be the U.S. Air Force. The LUU flares are aircraft-deployed and provide illumination for battlefield operations, search and rescue, ground targeting, and other missions. The LUU-2D/B provides visible light illumination, while the LUU-19B/B provides infrared energy. "These flares are important tools in our military's defense," said Mark Messick, Vice President and General Manager Advanced Systems, ATK Aerospace Systems Group. "ATK continually updates the illuminating flares we produce to make them safer, more effective, and more reliable. Supporting our warfighters gives us a great sense of national pride." ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with operations in 24 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion.