The US Army has awarded Alliant Techsystems a contract to support the Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative. Under the $5 million contract, ATK will have 3 months to design and demonstrate a program to develop precision mortars.
The end of the first phase will involve flight testing and a shooting test between competing industry designs. Before being awarded the contract, ATK demonstrated its Mortar Guidance Kit (MGK) that can accurately deliver a 120 mm mortar round to within 10 meters of targets out to 6, 500 meters.
Jack Cronin, President of Mission Systems at ATK, said “Our MGK design leverages our proven Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) technology and production facilities already in place for 155mm artillery to quickly deliver an affordable, low risk, precision 120mm mortar capability to the field. Most importantly, the recent CRADA tests demonstrated that our MGK technology is mature enough to meet our warfighter’s urgent operational needs.”