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ATK, Textron Win Tactical Munition Order (Nov. 4)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Wilmington, Mass. --- A joint venture between ATK Integrated Defense, Plymouth, Minn., an operating company of ATK (Alliant Techsystems), and Textron Systems, Wilmington, Mass., a subsidiary of Textron Inc., has been awarded a $53.8 million development contract to jointly complete development of a hand-emplaced munitions system that will serve as an alternative to or replacement for current non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines.

The system will allow the soldier/Marine to remotely monitor/control, fire, or deactivate individual munitions within the munitions field. This enhanced capability will also minimize injuries to friendly troops and non-combatants during hostilities and following a conflict.

The work will be performed under the U.S. Army's Non-Self Destruct Alternative (NSDA) program. The NSDA program is a key element of the Army's Anti-Personnel Landmine Alternatives (APL-A) initiative.

The 50-50 joint venture will work with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and Project Manager, Close Combat Systems at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., to develop an NSDA system that will include "man-in-the-loop" operation and "off-on-off " munitions controls. Type classification of the system is expected in 2005.

"We are looking forward to working with Textron Systems and the Army to develop and produce this advanced system, which will provide force protection for our servicemen and women around the world," said Hube Hopkins, president, ATK Integrated Defense. "With man-in-the-loop operation, we will be able to provide a more capable and safer device that meets the needs of the Army's Objective Force. The system's capability to tailor the soldier's lethality response depending on the soldier's situational awareness is a significant improvement for the war fighter in today's environment."

"This system represents a critical advancement for United States Ground Combat Forces. It provides our Soldiers and Marines the essential capability to actively control a munitions field so as to better impede enemy movement while protecting our own forces and ensuring the safety of noncombatants in today's complex battlefield. We are pleased to be the co-developer of this transformational munitions system for our troops," said Frank Tempesta, executive vice president, Aerospace and Defense Products, Textron Systems.

ATK is a $2.1 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions in precision capabilities, propulsion, composite structures, and munitions. The company, which is headquartered in Edina, Minn., employs approximately 11,500 people and has three business groups: Precision Systems, Aerospace, and Ammunition.

Textron Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., provides innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the global aerospace and defense industries. The company supports military precision engagement and dominant maneuver with strike weapons, mobility and surveillance systems. The Textron name is well known in the areas of advanced weapons, surveillance systems, aircraft control components, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles.

ATK JV Awarded $53.8M Contract for Tactical Munition System