ATK’s Multi-Option Fuze Provides Increased Mission Capability for U.S. Navy’s 5-inch Gun Ammunition
Five-Year Production Contract to be Performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W. Va.
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that it received a five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for the production of the MK 437 Multi-Option Fuze, Navy (MOFN). The contract has a maximum total value of $84.1 million. ATK has received the first order on this contract, for approximately $13 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2013.
The MOFN increases the overall mission capability of 5-inch gun ammunition used on U.S. Navy ships by providing proximity, precision time, delay and point detonating impact functions in a single fuze. The inductive fuze setting feature also optimizes MOFN for use with automated ammunition handling equipment. MOFN will be used on projectiles fired in the MK 45 Single Lightweight Gun Mount on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers.
“ATK is pleased to add MOFN to our portfolio of fuze production programs. MOFN leverages ATK’s design, development and production experience, providing the U.S. Navy with an affordable, reliable fuze for its 5/54 caliber ammunition,” said Dave Fine, ATK’s Director of Fuzing and Warhead programs.
“ATK has a strong program and manufacturing team dedicated to producing MOFN for the U.S. Navy,” said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of ATK Missile Products Division. “This award reflects the tremendous dedication and commitment of our highly-skilled workforce and our industry partners.”
Production of this fuze will occur at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. ABL is a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility specializing in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.