Advanced Capabilities Showcased During Maneuver Fires Integrated
Company’s Counter UAS Capabilities Include Electronic and Kinetic
Options to Defeat Hostile Drones on the Battlefield
DULLES, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 17, 2018 —
Orbital ATK (NYSE:
OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, recently participated in the Maneuver Fires Integrated
Experiment (MFIX) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. The event allowed soldiers to
use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technologies during a series
of demonstrations to provide feedback on how these systems performed and
could potentially help fill capability gaps for short range air defense.
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Orbital ATK’s has demonstrated that its Bushmaster Chain Guns with Programmable Air Bursting Munition (PABM) can successfully down hostile drones in tactical scenarios. (Photo: Business Wire)
Orbital ATK demonstrated its ability to combine both electronic and
kinetic attack through its AUDS (anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense
system) which detects, tracks, identifies and defeats drones, and also
brings a kinetic element through the integration of the company’s XM914
30mm Bushmaster Chain Gun mounted to the Stryker combat vehicle
platform. The gun system also provides the vehicle crew with the
firepower needed to defend against ground threats. The combined weapon
can work together or independently.
“The ability to insert proven technologies is the key to shortening
acquisition time and providing soldiers with the equipment they need
today,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for Orbital
ATK’s Armament Systems Division. “Exercises and demonstrations such as
MFIX provide the Army and industry the ability to understand how we can
work together to focus our efforts to quickly deliver next generation
The AUDS system is modular, meaning that pieces of it can be tailored
for use on different platforms types depending on mission requirements
or, it can be installed at a fixed site position to provide C-UAS
defense for a facility or operating base.
Earlier this year, Orbital ATK was awarded an $8.5 million contract from
the Program Directorate Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (PD C-RAM),
Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,
to integrate AUDS onto a mobile-anti-UAV defense system.
Orbital ATK also demonstrated how a soldier, armed with its
shoulder-fired XM25 airburst weapon system can down a malicious drone.
Originally designed to provide soldiers with an ability to defeat
targets in defilade positions, the XM25’s fire control system and 25mm
airbursting ammunition have proven during MFIX and demonstrations
conducted by Orbital ATK, that C-UAS is a natural additional capability
the system provides.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit
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