ATK missile for evaluation

April 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

ARLINGTON, Va., April 23 (UPI) -- ATK is providing a low-cost precision guided missile to the U.S. Special Operations Command for evaluation under a $3.2 million contract.

The company's light-weight Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket features a lock-on-target, before and after launch capability and a warhead for use against hardened targets.

"Our on-going investment and expertise in precision strike weapons, including the GATR system, provide a mature capability that fulfills the requirements of our military customers using innovative approaches that minimize integration costs," said Dan Olson, vice president and general manager for ATK Armament Systems.

The GATR missile uses the same semi-active laser seeker used in the Joint Direct Attack Munition and a digitally fused M282 point detonating against soft targets or delayed fusing to penetrate hardened targets. It is launched from aircraft using three-, seven- and 19-tube variants.

As part of the contract, part of the Defense Acquisition Challenge program, ATK will provide the missiles and digital smart launchers for environmental testing and operational evaluation on helicopter platforms.

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