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ATK receives $110 million contract for F-35 Lightning II composite components

ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that it has received a $110 million contract from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to produce composite components for low rate initial production (LRIP) Lots 5 through 9 of the F-35 Lightning II – Joint Strike Fighter. The contract includes production of multiple components through the LRIP 9 phase of the program.

Under the terms of the contract, ATK will use advanced hand lay-up processing techniques to manufacture upper fixed aft skins for both the carrier variant (CV) and short-take off/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, upper access covers on the CV and conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant, and the upper access center covers for the STOVL variant. Production will take place at ATK's Clearfield, Utah facility beginning in 2011 continuing through 2015.

"This contract award confirms our commitment to providing Lockheed Martin with the highest quality composite structures affordably and on time," said Joy de Lisser, Vice President and General Manager of the Aerospace Structures division of ATK Aerospace Systems.

ATK began F-35 production in October 2002 with a System Design and Development contract for 19 ship sets of the one-piece, 35-foot composite upper wing skin. The company has delivered over 850 wing skin components to date through LRIP Lot 4. During this contract the company will increase production rates from three ship sets per month to more than eight ship sets per month.

In addition to this contract award, ATK manufactures several other composite structures for the F-35, including the seven-piece upper wing skin, lower wing skins, engine nacelle skins, inlet ducts, and the upper wing strap using both automated fiber placement and hand lay-up techniques. ATK's composite manufacturing expertise has contributed to the F-35 since the development phase of the program.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs.

ATK is an industry leader in advanced composite structures and pioneered the automation of composite fabrication through the fiber placement process in the early 1980s. ATK operates 11 fiber-placement machines and proprietary production processes that shorten the manufacturing cycle, and produce extremely high quality, complex composite components with unmatched repeatability.

Press release issued by Orbital ATK - Aerospace Structures on May 3, 2011


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Orbital ATK - Aerospace Structures Rocket Motor Ignition Systems, Exhaust Systems, Engine Nozzles, Weapons Countermeasures, Engine Fan Casings, Wings, Springs, Aircraft Structural Components, Nacelles, Fuselage Sections, Engine Inlets, Shafts & Shaft Assemblies, Subcontracted Composite Parts
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