Orbital ATK gets USD16m to develop next generation 120mm tank ammo

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) said it was awarded a USD16 million contract with options for the first phase of development for the 120mm Advanced Multi-Purpose (AMP), XM1147 High Explosive Multi-Purpose with Tracer cartridge.

This new tank ammunition will provide Abrams Main Battle Tank crews a multi-purpose round that replaces four existing rounds, giving greater mission flexibility and main-gun capability through a single munition for multiple engagement scenarios.

AMP provides bunker and light-armor defeat, obstacle reduction and dismount engagement. Additionally, the round provides tank crews with an added capability to breach reinforced walls, and engage anti-tank crews and dismounts at ranges up to 2,000 meters.

Earlier this year, Orbital ATK and the US Army completed qualification for the M829E4, creating the Army´s fifth generation, 120mm kinetic energy round that features a penetrator capable of defeating all modern armor protection suites as well as future armor protection concepts.

Orbital ATK has successfully type-classified 11 of the 13 current 120mm tactical and training rounds for the Abrams tank during more than 30 years of experience partnering with the US Army to provide the warfighter with advanced ammunition types.

Since 1980, Orbital ATK has delivered more than 4 million rounds of 120mm tactical and training tank ammunition to the US Army, US Marine Corps, and allied militaries. Through its proven, system-level contracting approach that reduces risk to the customer, Orbital ATK has delivered a constant supply of consistently reliable and affordable 120mm ammunition.

Orbital ATK´s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company 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 more than 12,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.