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ATK Awarded $12 Million Contract To Build Composite Parts for F-22 Raptor Control Structure

Contract Expands Company’s Composite Work on Next-Generation Air Dominance Fighter

Jul 23, 2002

Minneapolis, July 23, 2002 – ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been selected by Vought Aircraft Industries, Dallas, Texas, to supply composite parts for the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation stealthy air dominance fighter.

Under an initial contract from Vought Aircraft Industries worth $12 million, ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah, will fabricate composite parts and subassemblies for the F-22 horizontal stabilator, a key control structure on the aircraft. Vought Aircraft Industries will be responsible for final assembly of the stabilator. Delivery of the first ship set is scheduled for June 2003.

ATK also manufactures the F-22’s composite pivot shaft, another part of the horizontal stabilator. That work is conducted by ATK Tactical Systems, Rocket Center, W. Va.

"ATK’s work on these two key aircraft structures makes us a major supplier of components for the F-22 Raptor and an important contributor to one of the most advanced tactical fighters of our time,‿ said Travis Campbell, president, ATK Composites.

Patented manufacturing techniques together with strict and uncompromising attention to process control, schedule, and affordability have made ATK Composites one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance composite structures. The company produces structures for military and commercial aircraft, space launch vehicles, satellites, and spacecraft.

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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