Orbital ATK gets USD 48m rocket motor sustainment contract

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has been awarded a follow-on Rocket Motor Technical Services (RMTS) contract from the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures Directorate, the company said.

Under the contract, Orbital ATK will primarily support MDA in the sustainment of Trident I (C4) and Orion motors for use in MDA targets and interceptor vehicles. Orbital ATK also provides services for CASTOR®, Orbus 1A and Oriole motors as well as various specialty support services such as radar signature testing and specialty tooling.

Under the RMTS contract, Orbital ATK will provide sustaining engineering, aging and surveillance testing and analysis, motor logistics, motor storage, motor disposal, static test support and flight test motor preparations for a five-year period. Target vehicles using C4 motors are on MDA´s flight manifest through the mid-2020s. Orion motors are used on both target vehicles and the Ground-Based Interceptor vehicle for the foreseeable future.

The majority of the work for this contract will be conducted at Orbital ATK´s Bacchus facility in Magna, Utah, with support as needed from several other Orbital ATK facilities across the country.

Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 13,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.