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ATK Receives Sikorsky Contract to Design and Manufacture Composite UH-60 Black Hawk Tailcones

Lighter and Stronger Airframes Enhance Performance

Sep 29, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) will design, manufacture, and deliver lightweight composite tailcone structures to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC) for use in U.S. Armed Forces MH/UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

"ATK's composite tailcone is expected to save 50 pounds in weight over the existing tailcone," said Travis Campbell, president, ATK Composites. "The Black Hawk's lighter weight will allow the addition of mission critical equipment without reducing performance."

In the development phase, ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah, will design and produce four composite demonstration units for qualification and production-ready status by 2006. Initial production calls for 60 units. The program could expand to more than 1,500 Black Hawk helicopters and derivatives. Automated fiber placement and advanced hand layup processing techniques have been selected to produce the 13-foot-long conical structures.

"Our investment in world-class manufacturing technologies and unparalleled expertise in composites, allows us to offer a lightweight and efficient tailcone structure that meets mission performance and cost objectives," said Campbell.

ATK Composites, a leading supplier of high-performance composite structures for aerospace applications, has revolutionized the composites industry through 40 years of innovation and manufacturing excellence. The company currently produces composites for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A- 22 Raptor, and C-17 Globemaster III military aircraft. Other key markets served include commercial aircraft and space launch vehicles.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. In addition to serving as prime contractor on the H-60 aircraft, Sikorsky is also teamed with the Boeing Company on the U.S. Army's RAH-66 COMANCHE reconnaissance helicopter. The company produces intermediate to heavyweight helicopters for all five branches of the United State armed forces, and military and commercial operators in more than 40 nations.

ATK is a $2.2 billion aerospace and defense company with strong positions in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, precision capabilities, and civil and sporting ammunition. The company, which is headquartered in Edina, Minn., employs approximately 12,100 people and has three business groups: Aerospace, Precision Systems, and Ammunition and Related Products. ATK news and information can be found on the Internet at http://www.atk.com/

Certain information discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: unforeseen delays in NASA's Space Shuttle and other programs, changes in governmental spending and budgetary policies, economic conditions, equity market returns, the company's competitive environment, the timing of awards and contracts, the outcome of contingencies, including litigation and environmental remediation, program performance, and sales projections. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, reference should be made to ATK's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K.

Source: Alliant Techsystems

CONTACT: Media, Bryce Hallowell, +1-952-351-3087,
bryce.hallowell@atk.com, or Investors, Steve Wold, +1-952-351-3056,
steve_wold@atk.com, both of ATK

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