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ATK Selected to Supply Propulsion System for Ground-Based Missile Defense Booster Vehicle Program

ATK Positioned on Both Ground-Based and Sea-Based Missile Defense Programs

Mar 8, 2002

ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE: ATK) said it is the solid propulsion supplier on a team led by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) that has been selected by The Boeing Company for a ground-based booster vehicle program in support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD). The value of ATK's work on the program could be approximately $300 million.

ATK Thiokol Propulsion will develop and produce solid propulsion motors for the Orbital GMD booster vehicles at its facilities in Promontory and Magna, Utah. The motors will be derived from the propulsion systems that fly on Orbital's Pegasus® and Taurus® launch vehicles, which are produced by ATK Thiokol Propulsion.

ATK is the world's leading supplier of solid propulsion systems for space, strategic, and tactical applications. Products include propulsion systems for NASA's Space Shuttle, unmanned space launch vehicles, strategic missiles, tactical missiles, and satellites.

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 11,200 people. ATK news and information can be found on the Internet at

SOURCE: Alliant Techsystems

Contact: Media, Rod Bitz, +1-952-351-3063,, or
Investors, Steve Wold, +1-952-351-3056,, both for Alliant Techsystems

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