Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 15, 2010
ATK has announced that it has been awarded a $4.5-million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the limited production phase of the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Control Section Modification (HCSM) program.
The HCSM program adds geo-specific targeting capability to the legacy U.S. Air Force HARM (AGM-88C) control section. With the addition of an inertial measurement unit, a GPS receiver, modified guidance software and platform provided coordinates, the Air Force's HARM missiles will have the capability to attack targets based on their geographic location and avoid zones of exclusion.
ATK is one of two companies awarded a limited production phase contract. In this 18-month phase, the Air Force will evaluate overall compliance with the HCSM program's technical objectives and the companies' ability to reliably produce modification kits at the lowest cost.
The evaluation will include both ground and flight tests. Following the technical evaluation of both companies, the Air Force plans to award a single full-rate production contract.
ATK's HCSM solution leverages flight-proven and in-production control section hardware from AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile program. ATK is currently delivering production AGM-88E missiles for the United States Navy and the Italian Air Force.
"We are very pleased that ATK has been selected to participate in the limited production phase of the HCSM program," said Bill Kasting, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Defense Electronics Systems.
"We have acquired a great deal of experience in the lab, in flight testing and in limited rate production with fused anti-radiation homing and navigation solutions for missiles. We are confident that we can provide a competitively priced solution that will meet the Air Force's mission requirements and also provide joint commonality and cost savings to the services."
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