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ATK Awarded $17 Million Contract for AIM-9P Sidewinder Rocket Motors — Press Release

ATK Rocket Motors Support Sustainment of AIM-9P Missiles
Production of ATK’s AIM-9P Rocket Motors to be Performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W. Va.

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a contract worth $17 million for production of rocket motors for AIM-9P Sidewinder customers within the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Under FMS, the U.S. government procures defense articles and services on behalf of one or more foreign customers. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) at Hill Air Force Base in Utah issued the award. Work will be performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W. Va.

This ATK rocket motor is used to power the AIM-9P version of the Sidewinder missile, which is a supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missile used by a variety of fixed-wing combat aircraft since the 1970s. The AIM-9P Sidewinder was previously exported and is still in use by NATO countries and other international U.S. allies. ATK manufactured more than 30,000 AIM-9P rocket motors at the ABL facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. between 1978 and 1990.

Many international inventories of the AIM-9P Sidewinder are aging beyond the missile’s period of expected use in service. By re-starting the AIM-9P rocket motor production line, ATK and the USAF provide international partners with an affordable solution to update and extend the service life of their defense systems well into the future, while avoiding substantial financial investments in new missiles and aircraft.

“ATK is proud to re-start production of the AIM-9P rocket motor to support the needs of our FMS customers,” said Jerry Brode, Tactical Propulsion Market Segment Director at ATK’s Missile Products division. “This rocket motor has a significant history with ATK and has maintained a long-standing position within our portfolio of tactical Sidewinder and air-to-air rocket motor production lines.”

“ATK is committed to the ongoing success of our international allies,” said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of the Missile Products division within ATK’s Defense Group. “We are honored to provide our customers around the globe with an affordable and efficient solution to reinvigorate and sustain the service life of their missile defense systems.”

Production of the AIM-9P rocket motor will occur at ABL, a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility. ABL specializes in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.

ATK’s Defense Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable products across ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air, sea, and land-based systems. ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ATK Gets Order for Aircraft Survivability Components

The A-10 is one of the aircraft equipped with the AAR-47.

Back in October Alliant Techsystems (ATK) received a contract from the U.S. Army to provide replaceable components for the AN/AAR-47 aircraft defense system. This was an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ) contract under whichthe military could order what they needed. Even though the total value could be close to $70 million there was no guarantee that orders would be placed.

The AAR-47 Missile Warning Set is a series of sensors, analysis and display systems mounted on helicopters and aircraft to detect, identity and inform the crew about surface-to-air missile threats. It is currently a product of ATK only but was developed by that company along with Loral in the 80′s.

The ID/IQ contract is to purchase basically replacement parts for the system.

The first order was placed this week an has a value of just over $30 million.

ATK manufactures aircraft components, ammunition and pyrotechnics. They have had a rough 12 months but things recently have got a lot better for the company. They did lose a major contract to operate the Radford Ammunition but kept the one for Lake City. Declines in orders for that type of product by the U.S. military is expected as fighting winds down in Afghanistan. They recently reorganized and the last quarter earnings showed good results from their efforts.

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ATK Keeps Major Contract for Lake City Plant

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) is a mid-sized defense contractor. It primarily manufactures ammunition, pyrotechnics and rocket motors. The company is experiencing some struggles due to the ending of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and the potential defense budget cuts. It has made several changes recently to adjust to these new market conditions but key to the company’s near term success was retention of the contract from the U.S. Army to manage the Lake City ammunition plant operations.

Last year the company lost the contract for the Radford Plant in Virginia to BAE Systems (BAE:LSE). BAE was also aggressively targeting the Lake City contract as well. ATK had run these plants responsible for large amounts of ammunition and explosives for the U.S. military for several years and they were a core part of their revenue and earnings. Short term the loss of the Lake City contract would have been a blow to the company.

Yesterday it as announced that the Army had decided to award the contract to ATK again. The initial contract is for seven years but it has options for a further three. No value has been reported yet.

To indicate the size of the production at Lake City in September the company and Army celebrated the delivery of 2 billion 7.62mm rounds from the plant. Due to the demands of the last ten years of combat ATK had expanded the plant to produce over 1.5 billion rounds annually of 5.56mm as well as other sizes.

The winning of this contract gives ATK more time to continue its adjustments and reorganization to address the changing market it finds itself in and establish a good foundation for future performance.

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ATK Receives a Fourth Contract Option for Continued Production of 30mm PGU Ammunition — Press Release

ATK Receives a Fourth Contract Option for Continued Production of 30mm PGU Ammunition

ATK’s Domestic and International Awards for 30mm Ammunition Exceed $29 Million in FY12

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) was recently awarded a fourth contract option to produce 30mm PGU-15A/B cartridges for the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center (RICC), Rock Island, Ill. The order is a part of a multi-year contract originally signed in July 2007. ATK’s worldwide sales of 30mm ammunition in the current fiscal year now exceed $29 million.

ATK’s 30mm PGU-series target practice ammunition is specially designed for training applications. These cartridges, currently in use with the 30mm GAU-8/A Gatling gun on the U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog close-support aircraft provide cost-effective, ballistic-matched training rounds for improved warfighter performance.

“We are proud to continue our role as the primary provider of PGU-15 ammunition in support of the U. S. Air Force’s A-10 aircraft,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Integrated Weapon Systems. “This round plays an integral role in training A-10 aircrews to develop and maintain essential air-to-ground combat skills. ATK supports this program through the delivery of high quality products, outstanding value and great customer service.”

ATK’s Mesa, Ariz.-based Integrated Weapon Systems division will produce the rounds at its facilities in Radford, Va. and Rocket Center, W. Va. Delivery of the optioned rounds is set to begin this year.

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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More Ammunition for the U.S. Armed Forces

As the U.S. military has remained engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade one area where they have spent a lot of funding is on ammunition. The U.S. Army, Marine Corps and other services have utilized large amounts of small arm ammunition as well as fire support weapons such as Apache attack helicopters, mortars, artillery and aircraft weapons. These have ranged from the very mundane to the very sophisticated but the U.S. has utilized a large amount of rounds in the 5.56mm to 30mm variety.

Different companies have benefited from this market. One of the biggest has been ATK (ATK) which has had contracts since 2001 to operate U.S. ammo plants as well as provided larger ammunition and pyrotechnics. Other companies as well have been able to win contracts due to the large demand for this product.

Recent Federal Cartridge Co. was just awarded a contract for training ammunition. As the fighting has continued the U.S. has also increased training making it more realistic and demanding which has required more consumption of ammunition for this purpose. Federal will make a special training round in 5.56mm which is the primary small arms round for the U.S. military. This is made out of polymers and is designed to fragment upon impact minimizing penetration and ricochet. The use of plastic rather then lead means it is better for the environment. The value of this contract is about $46 million.

In another announced contract Olin Corp. (OLN) announced that their Winchester division had received a contract for small arms ammunition. This includes 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 caliber rounds primarily used by soldiers and in vehicle mounted support weapons. The value of that contract if all options are exercised is about $300 million. The contract will begin in 2012.

One of the downsides for defense contractors is that as the U.S. withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan the requirement for large amounts of ammo like this will be reduced. If the military is not involved in active operations they will not require large replacement stocks of consumable items like this. They will rely on what they have on hand to support training and any small operations. The large capacity built up over the last ten years of activity will not be needed.

For companies that have provided this product they will see a reduced market and a fall in orders unless they can find new products or customers to make up for the loss. The U.S. contraction in the defense industry will not just be the end of large acquisition programs but also cuts in soldiers, their support and basic items like 5.56mm training bullets and other ammunition.

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U.S. Army Explosives Production Contract Protested by Alliant Techsystems

Since the Nineties and the downsizing of the U.S. defense establishment due to the end of the Cold War the Department of Defense has leased its ammo production facilities to a variety of defense companies. Then they have awarded contracts for the delivery of small arms, artillery and other ammunition. With the fighting since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan there has been substantial investment in these types of products as the U.S. military has consumed large amounts of small arm ammo and those for supporting weapons such as the 30mm cannon on the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been one of the major suppliers of ammunition and pyrotechnics for the U.S. military over the last decade. The company is a leading manufacturer of small arms rounds as well as larger artillery rounds, missiles and rocket engines. They have been able to operate two of the major production plants owned by the Government for several years. These are the ones in Radford, VA and Independence, MO.

Now the Army has awarded the contract to run the Radford plant to BAE Systems (BAE:LSE). It is estimated the contract will have a value of over $800 million during its ten year duration. Alliant has filed a protest with the Government over the award. Normally the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will resolve the protest within 100 days. The contract does not start until September so Alliant will continue running the plant until then pending the review of the protest.

If the GAO finds that there were irregularities in the award to BAE they may order a new competition, ask the Army to review how their source selection was conducted or even give the contract to Alliant. Most protests are denied and Alliant will have to hope that the Army did not carry out their source selection properly in order to get a ruling in their favor.

As the U.S. defense budget begins to decline and troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan demands for certain products like ammo and explosives will also be reduced. This means that locking in contracts now at the beginning of this process is very important. Alliant relies on this work for a large portion of their revenue and earnings. Losing the contracts will have an impact on their long term prospects and force them to try to expand their other product lines or look for new markets.

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ATK Awarded $67-Million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract for AAR-47 Missile Warning System Components for U.S. and Allied Military Aircraft — Press Release

ATK Awarded $67-Million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract for AAR-47 Missile Warning System Components for U.S. and Allied Military Aircraft

ATK’S Combat-proven AAR-47 System Credited with Saving Numerous Military Aircrew and Aircraft from Missile Attacks

AAR-47 Work to be Performed at ATK’s Manufacturing Facility in Clearwater, Florida

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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $67-million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Navy for the production of AAR-47 Missile Warning System Weapon Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs). The award encompasses production of new and retrofit components, including optical sensors, control indicators and computer processors.

ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System is an electronic warfare system designed to protect helicopters and aircraft against surface-to-air missile threats. It also alerts aircrews to threats from laser-guided and laser-aided weapons. The AAR-47 is installed on aircraft flown by the U.S. and its allies in more than 16 countries. The systems are installed on more than 2,600 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft including the C-5, C-17, C-130, P-3, AH-1W, UH-1N, V-22.

“ATK’s AAR-47 is a combat-proven, aircraft survivability system credited with saving numerous military aircrew lives and aircraft from attack,” said Bill Kasting, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Defense Electronics Systems. “We develop and deliver affordable and reliable electronic warfare systems that protect U.S. and allied military aircrews flying in harm’s way.”

“There is no greater accomplishment than providing the warfighter with a reliable, battle-proven, low-cost, missile and laser warning capability,” said Matt Lehtonen, Deputy Program Manager for the PMA-272 Aircraft Survivability Equipment Branch at the Naval Air Systems Command.

ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with operations in 24 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

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ATK Awarded Additional $41 Million to Deliver Non-Standard Ammunition (NSA) for Afghan Security Forces — Press Release

ATK Awarded Additional $41 Million to Deliver Non-Standard Ammunition (NSA) for Afghan Security Forces

ATK Builds on Success of International Outreach Strategy

MINNEAPOLIS, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a $41 million contract modification to supply additional non-standard (non-NATO) ammunition to the Afghan Security Forces (ASF), under an existing three-year contract with the U.S. Army.

Under the contract awarded to ATK in 2009 by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Rock Island, Ill., ATK provides supply chain management, quality assurance and logistical expertise in the delivery of non-standard small, medium and large caliber ammunition, as well as mortars and rockets, to Kabul for use by allied security forces.

“ATK established its small-caliber ammunition market leadership by serving the United States forces, and now, by drawing on our expertise in quality control, program and supply chain management, and world-class manufacturing, we are expanding to serve the needs of our allies around the world,” said Mark Hissong, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Small Caliber Systems (SCS). “Timely delivery of quality munitions into the hands of those who protect freedom is a top priority for ATK.”

ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

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ATK To Continue To Support Hellfire Program

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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ATK Plays Key Roles in Successful Launch of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-3) — Press Release

ATK Plays Key Roles in Successful Launch of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-3)

ATK Supports First Launch of Delta IV Medium-Plus Vehicle Featuring Four Motors ATK’s Propulsion, Composite and Satellite Technologies Contribute to WGS Satellite Mission

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems’ (NYSE: ATK) composite, propulsion and spacecraft technologies supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-3) for the U.S. Air Force.

This was the first time the Delta IV medium-plus rocket featured four ATK 60-inch-diameter Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM). The composite cases for the GEM motors were fabricated at the ATK Clearfield, Utah facility. The 70-foot-long motors were mounted in pairs on opposing sides of the rocket, with one fixed and one vectorable nozzle per side, and provided the auxiliary lift-off capability for the Delta IV medium plus configuration rocket. The GEM 60s burned for 90 seconds and provided 1,120,000 pounds of thrust to deliver the WGS satellite to its determined orbit.

ATK also designed and produced the nozzle for the Delta IV’s RS-68 engine. The Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-built RS-68 is the largest hydrogen-fueled engine in the world. ATK also designed and produced the nozzle’s thermal protection material, which is capable of shielding the nozzle from the extreme heat of launch when external temperatures can exceed 4,000 degrees F. The nozzle is manufactured at ATK’s Promontory, Utah facility.

ATK supplied 10 key composite structures for the Delta IV medium plus launch vehicle: the interstage that provides the interface between the Common Booster Core (CBC) and the cryogenic second stage, a centerbody that integrates the liquid oxygen (LO2) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks, a thermal shield that protects the RS-68 engine during ignition and flight, one LO2 skirt, and one aeroskirt. The payload is encapsulated by ATK’s 5-meter diameter composite payload fairing, along with required hardware for payload integration including a nose cap, x-panels, payload attach fitting, and payload attach fitting diaphragm.

The composite structures are five meters in diameter and range from one to more than 15 meters in length. They are produced using hand layup, machining and inspection techniques at the company’s manufacturing facility in Iuka, Miss.

ATK provided key subsystem and component technologies for the successful launch of the WGS-3 satellite. ATK’s Commerce California facility provided the propellant tank for the Delta IV upper stage roll control system. Additionally, ATK Space Structures based in San Diego manufactured the payload module and the solar array substrates panels.

WGS-3, the third satellite of the series, will provide high-capacity X-band and Ka-band communications support to the U.S. and allied air forces in military operations across the world. WGS-1 has been in operation over the Pacific since April 2008, and WGS-2 has been operating over the Middle East since August 2009.

ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

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