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ATK Receives $12 Million 30mm Ammunition Contract

Contract Could Grow to More Than $22 Million

May 3, 2004

Minneapolis, May 3, 2004 – ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received a contract exceeding $12 million from the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., for 30mm PGU-15 Target Practice (TP) ammunition. With options, the contract value could surpass $22 million.

Used primarily by A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs," the PGU-15 TP ammunition is used to train aircrews in the use of the GAU-8/A cannon.

Wayne Farley, president, ATK Ammunition and Powder said, "The PGU-15 matches the ballistics of the tactical ammunition currently used in combat operations and provides pilots with a realistic and low-cost training solution."

The PGU-15 TP can also be fired from ATK’s MK44 Chain Gun. Both are in use on the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and the gun system is a leading candidate for the Army’s Future Combat System.

Production of the PGU-15 is taking place at ATK facilities in Arden Hills, Minn., and Rocket Center, W.Va. Final assembly, load, and pack will be completed by ATK at the Radford, Va., Army Ammunition Plant.

ATK is a $2.3 billion advanced weapons and space systems company employing 13,200 people in 21 states. News and information can be found on the Internet at

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