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Alliant Techsystems Awarded Two Contracts Valued at $3 Million to Produce FMU-139A/B Fuzes

Apr 20, 1999

Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) said it has been awarded two contracts valued at approximately $3 million from two U.S. allies to produce FMU-139A/B electronic bomb fuzes.

As the only active producer of these fuzes in the world, Alliant is setting up a dedicated production line at its Alliant Precision Fuze Company in Janesville, Wis. Production is expected to begin in early 2000.

"We are pleased to offer this capability to allied governments," said Mike Coyle, president, Alliant Precision Fuze Company. "We have the unique skills and equipment to manufacture this complex electronic fuze, which significantly enhances the effectiveness of air-delivered tactical weapons."

The FMU-139A/B fuze was originally developed by Motorola and the U.S. Navy during the 1980s. Motorola produced more than 900,000 of the fuzes for the U.S. government. Alliant acquired Motorola's sensor and fuze business in 1997.

Alliant Precision Fuze Company employs approximately 400 people and is a leading producer of fuzes used in artillery, mortar, bomb, rocket, cannon, air-delivered, and special operations systems. The company is certified to ISO 9000 quality standards by the British Standards Institute.

Alliant Techsystems is a $1.1 billion aerospace and defense company with approximately 6,000 employees. Headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., the company conducts its operations through three affiliated companies: Alliant Conventional Munitions, Alliant Aerospace Company, and Alliant Defense Systems. Alliant Precision Fuze Company is an operating unit of Defense Systems. Alliant news and information can be found on the Internet at

SOURCE: Alliant Techsystems

Contact: Media, Rod Bitz, 612-931-5413, E-mail, or
Investors, Richard N. Jowett, 612-931-6080, E-mail,
both of Alliant Techsystems

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