ATK awarded $44 million cannon contract

ATK has received a $44 million contract to deliver 313 MK44 30/40mm Automatic Cannons to the Italian defence contractor Oto Melara for use by the Polish Ministry of Defence.

ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has received a $44 million contract to deliver 313 MK44 30/40mm Automatic Cannons to the Italian defence contractor Oto Melara for use by the Polish Ministry of Defence in its KTO armoured vehicle program.

‘ATK is proud to supply the fighting units of the Polish Army with this powerful, accurate and easy to maintain weapon system,’ said Dan Murphy, ATK group vice president, Precision Systems. ‘The MK44 is a weapon of choice for the US Marine Corps, as well as the Finnish, Swiss and Norwegian armed forces.’

‘The Polish Army will now enjoy the MK44’s significantly enhanced capabilities while achieving interchangeability and interoperability with other NATO forces,’ added Murphy.

ATK Gun Systems Company in Mesa, Arizona will produce the first 43 cannons. The remaining cannons will be co-produced via a mutually agreed work share arrangement with Polish manufacturer Tarnow.

ATK will provide Tarnow with the appropriate technical support, manufacturing expertise and hardware to meet the Polish Army’s requirements.

According to ATK, the MK44 is a next-generation, lightweight, chain gun weapon with a selectable rate of fire and dual feed system permitting utilisation of multiple 30mm X 173mm ammunition types, at firing rates from single shot to 200 shots per minute.