ATK Conducts Successful Test Firing Of OICW Ammunition With Advanced Air-Bursting Fuze
(Source : Alliant Techsystems ; issued Jan. 14, 2002)

MINNEAPOLIS --- ATK has completed a series of successful test firings of the U.S. Army's Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) that included the system's 20-millimeter high-explosive ammunition with an advanced air-burst fuze -- demonstrating again the company's leadership in the emerging air-bursting military weapons and ammunition market.

During the test firings, which were conducted at ATK's test range near Minneapolis, more than 60 airburst rounds were fired successfully.

"The accuracy of the air-bursting projectiles far exceeded customer expectations," said Randy Strobush, OICW program director, ATK Integrated Defense Company. "We tested at ranges out to 500 meters and the OICW consistently delivered airbursts within a very tight pattern. Performance was well within the specifications for ammunition accuracy."

Strobush said the successful test results show the progress of the OICW program and demonstrate readiness to proceed to the next stage of development.

"The high-explosive air-burst ammunition supports the U.S. Army's need to become more lethal and mobile as it transforms itself to the fighting force of the 21st century," said Dave Longren, weapons systems business director, ATK Integrated Defense Company.

ATK Integrated Defense Company, Plymouth, Minn., is developing the OICW -- the U.S. Army's next-generation infantry rifle -- under a $105 million contract from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) -- Program Manager Small Arms. The company's work on the program includes system integration of the gun, fire control, ammunition, logistics, and training.

In December, ATK conducted a series of successful test firings of an independently developed 30-millimeter ammunition round with an advanced air-burst fuze that combines timing fuze technology as well as turns-count fuze technology similar to that employed in the OICW fuze.

ATK is a $2 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, and precision capabilities. The company, which is headquartered in Edina, Minn., employs approximately 11,000 people and has two business groups: Aerospace and Defense.


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