Orbital ATK to Develop Next Generation Tank Ammunition

13.02.2017 North America
Orbital ATK to Develop Next Generation Tank Ammunition

Orbital ATK to Develop Next Generation Tank Ammunition

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Orbital ATK announced that it was awarded a $45 million dollar contract to complete development of the next generation 120 mm multi-purpose round for the Abrams Main Battle Tank.

The award funds the final development and qualification for the U.S. Army’s Advanced Multi-Purpose (AMP) round.

The contract calls for a 30-month development and qualification deliverable, and also includes three exercisable options for initial and full-rate production that could bring the total contract value to $119 million dollars.

“Our development of advanced ammunition types provides combat overmatch for the soldier. When fielded, AMP will greatly improve the Abrams’ main-gun ammunition capabilities by closing the ATGM and wall breach capability gaps,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for Orbital ATK’s Armament Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group.

The AMP round provides the warfighter with new capabilities to defeat Anti-Tank Guided Missile Teams/dismounted infantry and breach double-reinforced concrete walls. Additionally, the AMP consolidates the capabilities of four existing 120 mm munitions including defeat of light-armor, bunkers, and obstacle reduction, resulting in a reduced logistical burden while also allowing the warfighter to battle-carry a single munition for multiple engagement scenarios.

Using the Abrams’ ammunition data link, the gunner will use the fire control system to program the AMP fuze for a specific operational mode (point detonate or airburst). The versatility of the round lies in the crew’s ability to specify the engagement mode which in turn, greatly reduces crew reaction time and increases battlefield survivability.

Since 1980, Orbital ATK has partnered with the U.S. Army, to successfully type-classify 12 of the 14 current 120 mm tactical and training rounds for the Abrams tank and has delivered more than 4 million 120 mm tank rounds to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and allied militaries. The company has qualified and is in production with the M829A4 Advanced Kinetic Energy round, which provides the ability to defeat current and projected threat tanks equipped with third generation reactive armor and active protection systems.

Earlier, Orbital ATK also announced it has been awarded a $50 million order from the U.S. government to supply non-U.S. standard ammunition (NSA) for the Department of Defense in support of international allies. The U.S. government awarded the order to Orbital ATK under Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity and Basic Ordering Agreement contracts.

Orbital ATK has been a leading supplier to the government’s NSA program since the program’s inception in 2008. The company’s expertise in program, technical and supply chain management, and a worldwide team of proven suppliers has made Orbital ATK a reliable provider of NSA products to the United States and its allies. Including this award, Orbital ATK received orders under the NSA program of more than $200 million in 2016.

Orbital ATK is the operator of the U.S. Army’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri, where it is the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the U.S Department of Defense.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing 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.

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