Nothing Says, “I Love You” More Convincingly than a Pile of Dead Presidents and U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier loves ATK.
In a press release dated March 28, 2010 ATK (NYSE:ATK) announced that it had received a $65.8 million Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract, to continue development on the Army’s XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System.
The XM25 consists of a rifle that fires a 25mm airbursting round that is programmed by the weapon’s integrated target acquisition and fire control system to detonate directly above an intended target. The system allows soldiers to quickly and accurately engage targets by displaying an adjusted aim point based on range, environmental factors, and user inputs. The weapon’s target acquisition and fire control integrates a thermal capability with direct-view optics, laser rangefinder, compass, fuze-setter, ballistic computer, laser pointer and illuminator. These capabilities enable the weapon to be used during day or night and in all-weather conditions.
The Army is currently conducting a forward operational assessment with XM25 prototype weapons deployed to Afghanistan. This effort began in November 2010. The Army’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons conducted new equipment training with select units and is monitoring the XM25’s use and performance. The weapons are actively carried on patrols and in various combat outposts in areas that are experiencing high levels of enemy activity. Soldier feedback from this assessment will assist future decisions regarding budget, tactics, basis of issue, and improvements soldiers want to see in the weapon’s fielded version.
ATK is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the XM25 program. Program management is headquartered at ATK’s Advanced Weapons Division in Plymouth, Minn. Program partners include Heckler & Koch, Sterling, Va. and L-3 Brashear, Pittsburgh, Pa.