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ATK Receives Additional $38 Million Order for Main Battle Tank Ammunition

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Minneapolis, -- Alliant Techsystems has received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Army to continue production of the 120mm M829A3 tank round.

The value of the production year 4 award is approximately $38 million. Including a contract awarded earlier in the companyís fiscal year for production year 3, the total value of FY06 awards for M829A3 rounds is approximately $77 million. Under terms of the contract, ATK will manufacture the composite sabot; load, assemble and pack the round; and provide logistics support.

Used by the U.S. Armyís M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tanks, the M829A3 is the most advanced armor-piercing, Kinetic Energy tank cartridge in the arsenal. Its state-of-the-art composite sabot, propellant, and penetrator technologies give it outstanding accuracy and lethality and are designed to ensure that U.S. armored forces maintain battlefield supremacy.

ATK is the sole source supplier of the M829A3 and will have delivered over 35,000 M829A3 units once PY4 is complete. Production of the M829A3 occurs at ATKís manufacturing center of excellence in Rocket Center, West Virginia. Program management is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota. The company is the nationís largest manufacturer of ammunition and it produces a complete family of tactical and training rounds for main battle tanks.

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