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Orbital ATK Awarded MJU-73/B Aircraft Countermeasures Contract

October 13, 2015 | By Business Wire News


Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today the United States Air Force has awarded the company an initial production contract for the MJU-73/B, a new spectrally matched aircraft countermeasure.

“Leveraging Orbital ATK’s expertise in solid rocket propulsion has enabled us to develop highly reliable and advanced countermeasures such as the MJU-73/B,” said Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Propulsion Systems Division. “These sophisticated pyrotechnic devices protect the warfighter by mimicking the ‘heat’ signature of an aircraft to lure infrared missiles away.”

Orbital ATK’s latest innovation in aircraft survivability, or the increase in an aircraft’s odds of not being hit by a missile, will be an integral component of a suite of protective measures used by USAF Special Operations aircraft. The MJU-73/B was specifically chosen for its significant technological enhancements and outstanding performance against an array of infrared missile threats.

Internally funded and developed, the MJU-73/B also serves as the technology baseline for several other countermeasure efforts underway at Orbital ATK. These efforts are currently undergoing test and evaluation.

“Today the MJU-73/B is the best infrared countermeasure available, but every day we try to push beyond what is possible,” said Orbital ATK Program Manager Jared Olson. “Our research and manufacturing capabilities will lead to even greater evolutions and effectiveness to protect our nation’s warfighters and their aircraft.”

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs more than 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Orbital ATK
Hillary Searle, 801-657-9627
Propulsion Systems Public Relations
Investor Contact:
Orbital ATK
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor Relations


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