ATK has been awarded a $13 million contract to supply Vought Aircraft Industries, Dallas, Texas, composite parts for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system. Production options could raise the total value of the contract to $92 million by 2010.
Under the initial contract, ATK will fabricate graphite epoxy components for an enhanced Global Hawk wing, one of several system improvements being made to accommodate a larger payload.
Key structures to be provided include upper and lower wing skins with a proposed length up to 67 feet as well as spars, ribs, leading edge, control surface and trailing-edge components. Delivery of the first ship set to Vought is scheduled for mid-2004.
ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah, will be responsible for overall management of the Global Hawk program as well as tooling design. The company’s Southern Composites Centre, Iuka, Mississippi, and ATK Tactical Systems, Rocket Centre, West Virginia. will share manufacturing work on the program.
Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial reconnaissance system designed to provide military field commanders with high-resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas.