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ATK Composites Named To Vought Sonic Cruiser Technology Development Sub-Team

Jul 18, 2002

Minneapolis, July 18, 2002 – ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) said ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah, has been named to a team of world-class companies assembled by Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc., Dallas, Texas, to support its participation on the Boeing Sonic Cruiser technology development program. Other current members of the team are Alcoa, Inc., Cincinnati Machine, Cytec Engineered Materials, Nova-Tech Engineering, and Parker Aerospace.

Unveiled by Boeing in March 2001, the Sonic Cruiser is an airplane concept that has a dramatic new configuration designed to fly as fast as Mach 0.98, shortening travel times with fuel consumption per passenger comparable to today’s best-performing widebody twinjets. Since the concept was announced, Boeing has named several technology development team members in the project, including Vought Aircraft Industries, Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, Hawker de Havilland of Australia, Japan Aircraft Industries (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Fuji Heavy Industries), and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Wichita Division.

The Vought team will help provide an integrated set of design, machine tool, and advanced materials fabrication technologies for the Sonic Cruiser development effort. ATK Composites brings to the team its expertise in automated composites fabrication technology and manufacturing. The company is a world leader in fiber placement, one of the key candidate technologies under consideration for application to the Sonic Cruiser program.

ATK is the largest producer of filament-wound and fiber-placed composite structures in the U.S., with manufacturing facilities in Magna, Utah, Clearfield, Utah, Iuka, Miss., Rocket Center, W. Va, and Huntsville, Ala. The company produces structures for military and commercial aircraft, space launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft, and weapons systems.

ATK is a $2 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, and precision capabilities. The company, which is headquartered in Edina, Minn., employs approximately 11,300 people and has three business groups: Aerospace, Precision Systems, and Ammunition. ATK news and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. (www.voughtaircraft.com) is the world’s largest independent supplier of aerostructures. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company provides wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles, thrust reversers, and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft.



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