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ATK to deliver missiles for Navy F/A-18s

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has contracted ATK for the delivery of advanced anti-radiation guided missiles for integration with F/A-18 Hornet variants.

Minneapolis-based ATK will supply its advanced anti-radiation guided missiles to meet Navy operational requirements through 2010. As part of the $55 million contract, ATK also will supply spare parts along with other equipment and services.

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Officials say the AARGM, developed in collaboration with the Navy and the Italian air force, will be integrated with the F/A-18C and D Hornet aircraft variants offering pilots a "supersonic, air-launched tactical missile … capable of rapidly engaging traditional and advanced enemy air defense targets as well as non-radar time-sensitive strike targets," the release said.

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