ATK and teammate BAE Systems announced their industry team has been awarded a $109-million contract by the U.S. Navy for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), a next-generation warning system designed to enhance aircraft survivability against man-portable air-defense systems, small-caliber weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The JATAS enhances aircraft survivability by providing advanced missile warning capability; aircrew warning of laser-based weapon systems such as range finders, illuminators, and beam riders; and hostile fire indication (HFI) for small arms, rockets, and other unguided threats. It will interface with the existing AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System. The JATAS features an open architecture design, which enables easy upgrades in the future with other self-protection functions. "The ATK – BAE Systems industry team brings tremendous engineering and operations expertise that is focused on making JATAS a success," said Mike Kahn, President of ATK Missile Products Group. "Our collective experience in the design, development and production of combat-proven aircraft survivability equipment brings together the very best capabilities of our industry to successfully execute and deliver JATAS for our customer." "Our team is excited to be selected for the JATAS program, and we look forward to partnering closely with the U.S. Navy to develop an affordable and highly effective, next-generation aircraft survivability system," said Bill Kasting, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Defense Electronics Systems. "Our combined team will draw upon many years of proven experience in developing innovative systems to protect military aircraft and aircrew lives."