Orbital Sciences awards ATK rocket programme contract

Aerospace and defence company ATK has received a $48m (£29.4m) major subcontractor award from Orbital Sciences to provide commercial solid rocket motors for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target rocket programme.

With follow-on options, ATK believes the contract has a potential value of up to $90m.

ATK’s contract includes an initial award of $48m for the first eight Orion 50S XLT and 50 XLT vehicles to be delivered by first quarter 2013, with contract options for delivery of 14 additional vehicles over the following two years.

ATK’s Orion solid rocket motors will provide first and second stage propulsion for the target rocket.