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6th June 2017, Dulles, VA

Orbital ATK awarded US$ 90 million contract for B-2 composite structures

Award supports service life extension of nation’s premier bomber.Orbital ATK, a leader in aerospace and defence technologies, has received an initial US$ 90 million contract from Northrop Grumman to produce composite components for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber with an option for follow-on orders.

Under the terms of the five-year contract, Orbital ATK will perform Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) and produce 17 Hot Trailing Edge (HTE) composite parts. Production will take place at Orbital ATK's Aerospace Structures Division facility in Dayton, OH, later this year.

The US Air Force's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is a key component of the nation's long-range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world, the company reports. Its unique capabilities, including its stealth characteristics, are said to allow it to penetrate the most sophisticated enemy defences and hold at risk high value, heavily defended targets.

“We are honoured to partner with Northrop Grumman to extend the service life of the B-2 bomber," said Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division. “This programme capitalises on our core competency of providing advanced composite structures that use innovative Orbital ATK manufacturing processes to fit our customer’s needs.”

In its aerospace composites business, Orbital ATK uses proprietary production processes that are designed to help shorten the manufacturing cycle and produce high quality, complex components with unmatched repeatability through sophisticated robotics automation.

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