US Army modifies ATK’s MGK-production contract

Aerospace, defence and security company ATK has received a $50m (£30.9m) follow-on contract modification for production of the Mortar Guidance Kit (MGK) under the US Army’s Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) programme.

The contract is in response to an Army urgent Operational Needs Statement (ONS) and will mean more precision mortars going to US forces in Afghanistan.

ATK was previously awarded a contract in June 2010 to field an initial quantity of rounds under the Army’s ONS.

Combining GPS guidance and directional control surfaces into a package that replaces standard fuses, the MGK transforms existing 120mm mortar bodies into precision-guided munitions.