Orbital ATK OBV rocket, ICBM target complete missile defense interceptor test

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) has successfully launched and tested its Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV) rocket for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) FTG-15 Flight Test, the company said.

The company also supplied its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target rocket for this national security system test.

Orbital ATK provides the OBV to MDA as part of an industry team led by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA).

Orbital ATK´s missile defense interceptors and related target vehicles are primarily produced at the company´s engineering and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona, with solid rocket motor propulsion manufactured in Magna, Utah, and its vehicle assembly and integration facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Huntsville, Alabama.

The OBV mission was executed under the GMD Development and Sustainment Contract, which continues through at least 2018. Orbital ATK developed the OBV under a multi-year contract with Boeing that began in 2002. Together the OBV and the EKV comprise the GBI, which is assembled by Boeing.

The ICBM target was provided under the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile contract, which continues at least thru 2019 with options for additional target vehicles and launches.

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. The company employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.