Aerojet Awarded $5.18 Million Contract to Refurbish More Minuteman II Motors For Target Missiles

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Aerojet

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Force Space & Missile
 System Center has awarded Aerojet a $5.18 million contract modification to
 refurbish 10 additional Minuteman II Stage 2 solid rocket motors for use as
 first-stage motors on Hera-class (medium range) missiles.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990913/CLM002 )
     The Hera missiles are used by the Air Force Rocket System Launch Program
 (RSLP), which provides target missiles for national and theatre missile
 defense programs, as well as space launch vehicles for other military
 programs.
     This contract is a modification to a contract Aerojet signed in February
 2000 to refurbish up to 75 Minuteman II second-stage motors (SR19s). The
 modification increases the contract value to $8.6 million for 15 flight
 motors, all to be delivered within two years. Work begins immediately. Aerojet
 expects to deliver the first five refurbished motors this spring.
     Under a prior RSLP contract, Aerojet delivered 54 refurbished Minuteman II
 Stage 2 motors from 1995 through 1999. More than 30 missions have been flown
 using those refurbished motors, with a 100 percent success rate.
     The most recent mission was on March 31, when an Aerojet refurbished
 Minuteman II Stage 2 motor boosted a Hera target missile that was successfully
 intercepted by Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles in a Ballistic
 Missile Defense Organization/U.S. Army test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
     "The RSLP is a smart, cost-effective use of surplus motors. Aerojet is
 pleased to expand our work on the program and continue to offer world-class
 products and services for target missiles and launch vehicles," said Gil
 Maldonado, Aerojet RSLP program manager.
     Aerojet is the only qualified manufacturer for the modified SR19.
 Modifications to the motor include changing the liquid injection thrust vector
 control system to one that uses a flexseal-mounted moveable nozzle and a
 hydraulic actuation system.
     The Stage 2 motors were originally built by Aerojet in the 1960s and
 returned to Aerojet once before in the 1980s for a remanufacturing program
 that extended their service life. When Minuteman III replaced Minuteman II as
 America's active intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, the Air Force put
 the old motors, including more than 500 second stage motors, into storage in
 Arizona.
     Since the motors are up to 20 years old, Aerojet also has a comprehensive
 aging surveillance contract with the Air Force to monitor and verify their
 reliability. Yearly motor and component firings and testing are performed at
 Aerojet under this contract.
     Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:   GY) company, is a world-recognized aerospace and
 defense leader principally serving the space electronics, missile and space
 propulsion, and smart munitions and armaments markets. Aerojet's Web site
 address is http://www.aerojet.com .
 
 

SOURCE Aerojet
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Force Space & Missile
 System Center has awarded Aerojet a $5.18 million contract modification to
 refurbish 10 additional Minuteman II Stage 2 solid rocket motors for use as
 first-stage motors on Hera-class (medium range) missiles.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990913/CLM002 )
     The Hera missiles are used by the Air Force Rocket System Launch Program
 (RSLP), which provides target missiles for national and theatre missile
 defense programs, as well as space launch vehicles for other military
 programs.
     This contract is a modification to a contract Aerojet signed in February
 2000 to refurbish up to 75 Minuteman II second-stage motors (SR19s). The
 modification increases the contract value to $8.6 million for 15 flight
 motors, all to be delivered within two years. Work begins immediately. Aerojet
 expects to deliver the first five refurbished motors this spring.
     Under a prior RSLP contract, Aerojet delivered 54 refurbished Minuteman II
 Stage 2 motors from 1995 through 1999. More than 30 missions have been flown
 using those refurbished motors, with a 100 percent success rate.
     The most recent mission was on March 31, when an Aerojet refurbished
 Minuteman II Stage 2 motor boosted a Hera target missile that was successfully
 intercepted by Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles in a Ballistic
 Missile Defense Organization/U.S. Army test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
     "The RSLP is a smart, cost-effective use of surplus motors. Aerojet is
 pleased to expand our work on the program and continue to offer world-class
 products and services for target missiles and launch vehicles," said Gil
 Maldonado, Aerojet RSLP program manager.
     Aerojet is the only qualified manufacturer for the modified SR19.
 Modifications to the motor include changing the liquid injection thrust vector
 control system to one that uses a flexseal-mounted moveable nozzle and a
 hydraulic actuation system.
     The Stage 2 motors were originally built by Aerojet in the 1960s and
 returned to Aerojet once before in the 1980s for a remanufacturing program
 that extended their service life. When Minuteman III replaced Minuteman II as
 America's active intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, the Air Force put
 the old motors, including more than 500 second stage motors, into storage in
 Arizona.
     Since the motors are up to 20 years old, Aerojet also has a comprehensive
 aging surveillance contract with the Air Force to monitor and verify their
 reliability. Yearly motor and component firings and testing are performed at
 Aerojet under this contract.
     Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:   GY) company, is a world-recognized aerospace and
 defense leader principally serving the space electronics, missile and space
 propulsion, and smart munitions and armaments markets. Aerojet's Web site
 address is http://www.aerojet.com .
 
 SOURCE  Aerojet

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