U.S. Navy awards ATK $102.4 million contract for anti-radiation missile

ATK, an Arlington, Virginia-based defense company, announced on Thursday that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a $102.4 million contract for the second full-rate production lot of the advanced anti-radiation guided missile.

AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system that pilots can use against modern surface-to-air threats. The system is able to rapidly engage advanced and traditional land- and sea-based air defense threats, including non-radar time sensitive strike targets.

"The award of FRP II is a significant milestone not only for the quantity of missiles to be produced and delivered but also because it marks the beginning of AARGM deliveries to international customers through the Department of Defense's foreign military sales process," Bill Kasting, the vice president and general manager of ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division, said. "We are proud to provide this critical capability and look forward to continuing delivery of AARGM on schedule and on budget to the U.S. Navy and our allies."

The contract covers AARGM and captive air training missiles for the U.S. Navy and the Italian Air Force. The contract also covers CATMs for the Royal Australian Air Force.

"AARGM is able to take on the difficult missions from several platforms, providing our military an advanced and unique capability," Mike Kahn, the president of ATK's Defense Group, said. "The accuracy and reliability achieved by AARGM is core to our mission of delivering precision weapons our customers can depend on."

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