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ATK Awarded $41 Million Contract to Supply Anti-Tank Barrier System to United Kingdom Ministry of Defence

Shielder System Highlights ATK's Portfolio of Force Protection Programs

Shielder Deliveries Scheduled for 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a $41 million follow-on contract from the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (Defence General Munitions IPT) to supply replenishment canisters for the U.K.'s enhanced anti-tank barrier system, Shielder. ATK will produce the electronics assemblies for the canisters at its manufacturing center of excellence in West Virginia. Final assembly will occur at the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in Texas, with deliveries scheduled early in calendar year 2009.

Shielder is a vehicle-launched anti-tank barrier system deployed on a modified Stormer armored troop carrier. The system is capable of rapidly deploying a suite of barrier munitions to provide battlefield perimeter defense against enemy tanks and armored vehicles.

"ATK is an industry leader in the design and development of sophisticated force protection programs," said Jed Holzapfel, Vice President, International Business. "We look forward to providing the Ministry of Defence with these systems and exploring other ways ATK's force protection initiatives can assist the MOD."

ATK is a $3.4 billion advanced weapons and space systems company employing approximately 15,000 people in 22 states. News and information can be found on the Internet at .

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SOURCE: Alliant Techsystems

CONTACT: Media Contact, Bryce Hallowell, +1-952-351-3087, , or Investor Contact, Steve Wold, +1-952-351-3056, , both of ATK

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