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ATK Wins Precision-Guided Mortar Deal (Dec. 3)

MINNEAPOLIS --- Alliant Techsystems has received an initial $80 million contract from the U.S. Army to design, develop, and begin low-rate initial production of the XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM). The contract, which runs through 2009, could lead to U.S. production with total sales in excess of $500 million.

ATK was originally chosen as the selected source for the PGMM program in December 2003. However, Lockheed Martin protested the decision and the Army subsequently reviewed both proposals in a second competition. After completing its review of the new proposals the Army reaffirmed its original decision and awarded the contract to ATK.

PGMM is one of three advanced weapon system programs currently under contract at ATK. In June 2003, the company won a $223 million development program for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). In May 2004, ATK's Ballistic Trajectory Extended Range Munition (B-TERM II) was selected by the U.S. Navy for its Extended Range Munition program.

ATK will manage the PGMM program and lead system integration from its Plymouth, Minn. facility. Program support will be provided by ATK facilities in Woodland Hills, Calif., and Rocket Center, W. Va.

The Product Manager for Mortars, reporting to the Program Manager, Combat Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the material developer for PGMM, and played a critical role in the development of tube-launched technology adopted by ATK's PGMM concept.

ATK is a $2.4 billion advanced weapon and space systems company employing 13,600 people in 23 states.

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ATK Wins $80 Million Precision Guided Mortar Munition Contract