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Composite Parts for Global Hawk

04 October 2002

ATK has been awarded a $13 million contract to supply Vought Aircraft Industries composite parts for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system. Production options could raise the total value of the contract to $92 million by 2010.

Under the initial contract, ATK will fabricate graphite epoxy components for an enhanced Global Hawk wing, one of several system improvements being made to accommodate a larger payload. Key structures to be provided include upper and lower wing skins with a proposed length up to 67 feet as well as spars, ribs, and leading-edge, control-surface, and trailing-edge components. Delivery of the first ship set to Vought is scheduled for mid-2004.

""We are pleased to expand our successful aircraft structures partnership with Vought Aircraft Industries and to be a participant on the important Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle program, which is vital to America's national security,"" said Travis Campbell, president, ATK Composites.

ATK also supplies composites parts to Vought for the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force's next-generation stealthy air dominance fighter.

ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah, will be responsible for overall management of the Global Hawk program as well as tooling design. The company's Southern Composites Center, Iuka, Miss., and ATK Tactical Systems, Rocket Center, W.Va. will share manufacturing work on the program.