ATK To Continue To Support Hellfire Program

by: Matthew Potter
May 3, 2010

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The helicopter, UAV and ground launched Hellfire was developed as a heavy guided anti-tank missile to replace the TOW system in use with the U.S. military in the 1980’s. Since 9/11 it has evolved into a precision strike system for targeting buildings and even groups of infantry. Lockheed Martin (LMT) is the prime contractor for the system but ATK (ATK) makes engines and warheads for the missile.

ATK was awarded a contract last week to produce over 7,000 engines and 2,200 warheads for Lockheed. This is a continuation of earlier work on the system. The warheads are “metal augmented charge” which means they are optimized for anti-building and personnel missions rather then anti-tank. The Israelis due to their use of the Hellfire from AH-64 Apache aircraft required a warhead optimized for attacking buildings for use in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. This began the development of a system that is similar to the U.S.’s requirement.

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