Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Inc.
Type Public company
Traded as NYSEATK
Industry Aerospace, defense, and sporting
Founded 1990, spun off from Honeywell
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Key people Mark DeYoung, President and CEO
Products small-, medium-, and large-caliber military ammunition; sporting ammunition, accessories, and firearms; M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round; medium-caliber gun systems; missile warning systems; tactical rocket motors; XM25; Precision Guidance Kit; AARGM; AAR-47; Special Mission Aircraft; solid rocket propulsion; GEM-60 Rocket Motors; satellite components; lightweight space deployables and solar arrays; flares and decoys; aerospace structures; facility management and modernization
Revenue Increase US$4.36 Billion (FY 2013')
Operating income Increase US470 Million (FY 2013)
Net income Increase US$272 Million (FY 2013)
Total assets Increase US$4.38 Billion (FY 2013)
Total equity Increase US$1.50 Billion (FY 2013)
Employees 16,000[1]

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Alliant Techsystems Inc., commonly abbreviated ATK, is an aerospace, defense, and sporting goods company with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. The company operates in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and other countries. ATK had revenues of about US$4.4 billion in 2013.


ATK was launched as an independent company in 1990, when Honeywell Inc. spun off its defense businesses to shareholders. The former Honeywell businesses had supplied defense products and systems to the U.S. and its allies for 50 years, including the first electronic autopilot that enabled B-17 aircraft to accomplish pinpoint bombing missions during World War II.[2]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

In 1995, ATK entered the aerospace market with the acquisition of the aerospace division of Hercules Inc. Since then ATK has become a supplier of aerospace and defense products to the U.S. government and its allies, and to their contractors.

In 2001, ATK acquired Thiokol, renaming it to ATK Launch Systems in 2006 (though it is still known within the industry by its original name). Thiokol was the sole manufacturer of the reusable Solid Rocket Motor used to launch the NASA Space Shuttle, which is being adapted for NASA’s Space Launch System.

Also in 2001, ATK entered the sporting and law enforcement ammunition market with the acquisition of the ammunition businesses of Blount International. This acquisition made ATK the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.

In 2009, ATK acquired Eagle Industries and in 2010 ATK acquired Blackhawk Industries Products Group Unlimited, LLC, diversifying into the security and law enforcement market.

In 2013, ATK acquired Caliber Company, the parent company of Savage Sports Corporation (Savage), one of the world's largest manufacturers of hunting rifles and shotguns. Later in 2013, ATK acquired Bushnell, an outdoor accessories company with 19 iconic brands that specialize in sports optics, hunting/camping accessories and performance eyewear.


ATK Aerospace[edit]

A display of ATK rockets

ATK’s Aerospace Group covers space, defense and commercial aerospace products and capabilities. The group offers propulsion for space exploration, commercial launch vehicles and strategic and missile defense. It also specializes in:

In November 2010, ATK was selected by NASA for potential contracts in heavy lft launch vehicle systems and other propulsion technologies. In 2012, NASA awarded the company a $50 million contract to complete engineering development and risk reduction tests as part of the Advanced Concept Booster Development for the Space Launch System (SLS).

ATK Aerospace is headquartered in Magna, Utah.[3]

ATK Defense[edit]

XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System

ATK’s Defense Group produces ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems.

ATK Defense Group develops products and services for:

  • Small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition
  • Anti-radiation homing strike vehicles
  • Missile warning and hostile fire detection
  • Precision-guided munitions
  • Propulsion, advanced fuzing and warheads
  • Medium-caliber gun systems
  • Missile defense interceptors
  • Weaponized ISR special mission aircraft
    • MC-27J

In 2012 ATK was selected by the US Army to operate and maintain of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Mo. The initial term is seven years but if all award terms are exercised, the contracts would cover a ten-year period. ATK began operating the plant in April 2000.

ATK Sporting[edit]

ATK’s Sporting Group offers products under several brands for sport-shooting enthusiasts, police, and military customers around the world. The group provides:

  • Traditional center fire and rim fire rifles, and shotguns
  • Ammunition for sports, law enforcement, military, and security
  • Hunting, shooting sports, and outdoor recreation accessories
    • Optics, gun cleaning, targets and range systems
  • Tactical accessories for military, law enforcement and security markets
  • Gunpowder for ammunition and re-loaders

Some of ATK’s most well-known brands are Federal Premium, BLACKHAWK!, Savage, and Bushnell.

As of 2013, ATK’s sporting business accounted for nearly 45 percent of the company’s revenue.

ATK Sporting is headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1].
  2. ^ ATK Corporate History
  3. ^ "ATK Corporate Overview Websites". ATK Corporate. 2012-10-26. 

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