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Orbital ATK gets $27 million to develop sensor for U.S. Air Force

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Orbital ATK has been awarded a production order from the U.S. Army to fulfill additional U.S. Air Force requirements for the DSU-33D/B proximity sensor.

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This order, valued at approximately $27 million, is a follow-on award to the full-rate production contract signed in 2013. The sensor provides a fire pulse to the bomb fuze, enabling precise detonation to maximize the effect of the weapon.

This contract marks the fourth full-rate production contract awarded to Orbital ATK and this is the second Delivery Order issued against that contract.

The DSU-33D/B is an all-weather, active, radio-frequency, ranging radar that senses the height of the weapon above the target area. It is used in conjunction with FMU-139 and FMU-152 bomb fuzes to detonate the weapon at a fixed height above surface targets, maximizing the warhead's blast and fragmentation effects.

Orbital ATK is the sole provider of the DSU-33 sensor family, delivering more than 154,000 sensors to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and allied nations since starting production in 1999.

The DSU-33D/B will be produced at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, West Virginia.

ABL is a U.S. Navy-owned, Orbital ATK-operated facility specializing in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion and advanced material structures.

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