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ATK Selected to Supply Smart Weapons Test System for Italian Air Force

Sep 5, 2001

ATK (Alliant Techsystems)(NYSE: ATK) said it has been selected by Alenia DIFESA, Breda Meccanica Bresciana, Brescia, Italy, to supply the Common Munitions BIT/Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) system for use by the Italian Air Force. Deliveries under the $1 million contract will begin in May 2002 and continue through March 2003.

Developed and produced by ATK Integrated Defense Company, Clearwater, Fla., CMBRE is a portable field test system for smart weapons that is used to determine if the weapons are operational and to program flight and planning data for tactical missions.

The CMBRE system will be used by the Italian Air Force to support the Paveway III laser-guided bomb system and an upcoming procurement of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).

"We are pleased to supply the CMBRE system to Alenia DIFESA and the Italian Air Force," said Jed Holzapfel, vice president, International Business Development. "ATK has been involved in the development and production of electronic weapons testing systems since the mid 1980s, and the CMBRE system represents the state of the art in this important technology."

ATK is a $1.6 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, and precision capabilities. The company, which is headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., employs approximately 9,600 people and has two business segments: Aerospace and Defense. ATK news and information can be found on the Internet at

SOURCE: Alliant Techsystems

Contact: Media, Rod Bitz, +1-952-931-5413,, or
Investors, Steve Wold, +1-952-931-6747,, both of Alliant Techsystems

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