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Orbital ATK Completes Expansion of Northridge Facility with Enhanced Capabilities

June 27, 2016
By Business Wire News


Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced the completion of the expansion of its Northridge, California, facility, integrating engineering and production of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System and Common Munition Bit Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) product lines. The occasion was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by 30th Congressional District U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, customers, state officials, community leaders and employees. Orbital ATK transitioned its AAR-47 and CMBRE production lines from Clearwater, Florida, to its new facility in Northridge, California, where it also produces the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) system for the U.S. Navy.

“We are committed to delivering systems with the highest quality and reliability to the warfighter while providing engineering and manufacturing synergies that ensure best value for our customers,” said Cary Ralston, Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Electronic Systems division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group. “Successfully completing the First Article Build and acceptance testing on the new manufacturing line enables us to support our customers with this important system for many years to come.”

“With the completion of the First Article Inspection, the AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems from the new Northridge production line are ready for deployment to the front lines,” said Ron Tucker, AAR-47 Lead for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office, PMA-272. “The continued protection of the warfighter and their aircraft is a direct result of the successful collaboration between Orbital ATK and the government during this facility expansion and product line transition.”

Orbital ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication is a low-cost, lightweight, combat-proven electronic warfare system designed to protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from surface-to-air threats. The AAR-47 missile warning system is installed on multiple fixed and rotary-wing platforms flown by the U.S. and its allies in more than 16 countries.

To expand on Orbital ATK’s legacy of providing affordable threat detection and protection systems, the development of an advanced hostile fire warning capability for unguided rockets and small arms fire is complete and production transition has been initiated. Termed “Shotfinder,” the system is being readied for deployment with U.S. partner countries in the Middle East.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.

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 approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit

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