ATK awarded $21 million development contract

ATK has been awarded a $21 million contract from the US Army to continue development of the Army’s new precision-guided Mid-Range Munition (MRM).

ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has been awarded a $21 million contract from the US Army to continue development of the Army’s new precision-guided Mid-Range Munition (MRM).

The contract is said to represent the continuation of a multi-phased development program. The current phase will conclude in September 2003 with a gun-launched, guide-to-hit demonstration of MRM autonomous guidance. The next phase, system design and development, is expected to begin in 2004.

The kinetic energy (KE) MRM projectile is reportedly designed to defeat a wide array of targets, including battle tanks equipped with explosively reactive armour and active protection systems. It has also demonstrated a multi-purpose capability in a recent gun-fired test at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, during which its long-rod penetrator and burning rocket motor significantly damaged a standard bunker.

ATK’s MRM projectile is the only smart munition in development by the US Army that delivers a long-rod KE penetrator to targets that are beyond the line-of-sight.

The projectile incorporates gun-hardened rocket motor and an electronics technology developed under ATK’s XM1007 and Tank Extended Range Munition (TERM), a gun-launched, precision-guided munition that is compatible with 105mm and 120mm gun systems.

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