Orbital ATK expands facilities
Orbital ATK has opened new large tactical motor manufacturing facility at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, West Virginia, the company announced on 31 August.
The expansion aims to address a change in demand for tactical propulsion, particularly insensitive munitions (IM) rocket motors. Initial production in the new facilities is planned to start in late 2017.
Pat Nolan, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK's missile products division of the defense systems group, said: ‘This new facility will be a state-of-the-art factory combining our advanced technology for safer IM rocket motors, with the lean manufacturing techniques to build them very affordably.’
Once open, the new facilities will run a flexible production line for Orbital ATK's advanced propulsion systems, which are used in multiple defence programmes.
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