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ATK Receives $18 Million Rolling Airframe Missile Contract

ATK : 18 June, 2007  (New Product)
Alliant Techsystems has received an $18-million contract to upgrade the solid propellant rocket motor of Raytheon's Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM). RAM provides U.S. Navy surface ships with a lightweight, low- cost, self-defense system to defeat incoming anti-ship cruise missiles, as well as helicopter, airplane, and surface threats. Work on the RAM Block 2 rocket motor system design and development (SDD) contract will be performed by ATK at its manufacturing center of excellence in Rocket Center, West Virginia.
Under terms of the contract, ATK will design, develop and test a boost/sustain Rocket motor that extends the missile's range and provides the basis for improved maneuverability, ultimately affording the weapon system significant new performance capabilities. The new Rocket motor's graphite fiber composite case will minimize overall missile weight and allow it to withstand the high G-force maneuvers required to defeat advanced anti-ship cruise missiles and other evolving threats. ATK will increase the diameter of the RAM motor from the current 5-inch design to 6.25-inches, allowing the missile to carry the additional propellant required for extended range.

ATK has produced more than 1,500 propulsion systems for current versions of the RAM, which are deployed on ships of the United States, German and Greek navies, and provide fleet protection for ships of all sizes.
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