ATK Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Produce Composite Structures For Boeing Delta Space Launch Vehicles

Contract Significantly Expands Structures Work on Important Delta Programs



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from ATK

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
     ATK (NYSE:   ATK) (Alliant Techsystems) said it has been awarded a
 multi-million contract from Boeing to manufacture composite structures for the
 Boeing Delta II, Delta III, and Delta IV space launch vehicles.  The contract
 extends through calendar year 2008.
     Under the contract, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company,
 Clearfield, Utah, will manufacture payload fairings, payload adapters,
 centerbodies, and interstages for the Delta vehicles.
     The majority of the work will be conducted at ATK's Southern Composites
 Center in Iuka, Miss., a 325,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production
 facility opened in 1998.  Additional work will be performed at the company's
 composite structures manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Utah.
     Jim Nichols, director of programs, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures
 Company, said the contract is a natural expansion of the work the company
 currently is conducting on the next-generation Delta IV vehicle at the
 Southern Composites Center, where it manufactures 16 separate Delta IV
 structures.
     "Under this new contract, we will significantly increase our structures
 production on the Delta II and Delta III vehicles beyond the rocket motor
 casings we currently manufacture to encompass a number of vehicle components
 as well," said Nichols.  "In addition, our involvement on Delta IV will grow."
     Nichols said the high strength, light weight, and overall reliability of
 ATK's composite components make them ideally suited to help Boeing carry on
 the long-running tradition of Delta mission success.
     Composite structures represent one of four ATK core competencies, or
 "lanes of excellence," that form the foundation of the company's strategy for
 growth.  ATK operates more composite fiber placement machines than any other
 supplier in the world, and is also an industry leader in both hand laid-up and
 filament-wound composite structures.
     Headquartered in Magna, Utah, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company
 is part of ATK's Aerospace segment, which comprises the corporation's
 propulsion and composite structures operations.
     ATK is a $1.6 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions
 in munitions, precision capabilities, propulsion, and composite structures.
 The company, which is headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., employs approximately
 10,000 people and has two business segments:  Aerospace and Defense.  ATK news
 and information can be found on the Internet at http://www.atk.com
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
     ATK (NYSE:   ATK) (Alliant Techsystems) said it has been awarded a
 multi-million contract from Boeing to manufacture composite structures for the
 Boeing Delta II, Delta III, and Delta IV space launch vehicles.  The contract
 extends through calendar year 2008.
     Under the contract, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company,
 Clearfield, Utah, will manufacture payload fairings, payload adapters,
 centerbodies, and interstages for the Delta vehicles.
     The majority of the work will be conducted at ATK's Southern Composites
 Center in Iuka, Miss., a 325,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production
 facility opened in 1998.  Additional work will be performed at the company's
 composite structures manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Utah.
     Jim Nichols, director of programs, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures
 Company, said the contract is a natural expansion of the work the company
 currently is conducting on the next-generation Delta IV vehicle at the
 Southern Composites Center, where it manufactures 16 separate Delta IV
 structures.
     "Under this new contract, we will significantly increase our structures
 production on the Delta II and Delta III vehicles beyond the rocket motor
 casings we currently manufacture to encompass a number of vehicle components
 as well," said Nichols.  "In addition, our involvement on Delta IV will grow."
     Nichols said the high strength, light weight, and overall reliability of
 ATK's composite components make them ideally suited to help Boeing carry on
 the long-running tradition of Delta mission success.
     Composite structures represent one of four ATK core competencies, or
 "lanes of excellence," that form the foundation of the company's strategy for
 growth.  ATK operates more composite fiber placement machines than any other
 supplier in the world, and is also an industry leader in both hand laid-up and
 filament-wound composite structures.
     Headquartered in Magna, Utah, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company
 is part of ATK's Aerospace segment, which comprises the corporation's
 propulsion and composite structures operations.
     ATK is a $1.6 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions
 in munitions, precision capabilities, propulsion, and composite structures.
 The company, which is headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., employs approximately
 10,000 people and has two business segments:  Aerospace and Defense.  ATK news
 and information can be found on the Internet at http://www.atk.com
 
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