Orbital ATK is an industry-leading provider of suborbital launch vehicles for the nation's missile defense systems. In the last 10 years we have conducted over 75 major launches for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the U.S. Air Force, the Army, Navy and allied nations.
Orbital ATK is the sole provider of interceptor boosters for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) segment designed to intercept and destroy long-range enemy missiles. We are also a primary supplier of highly reliable target vehicles that serve as "threat simulators" to provide high-fidelity facsimiles of enemy missile threats in the testing and verification of missile defense systems.
Ballistic Missile Targets
Orbital ATK designs and produces target launch vehicles used in the development and testing of missile defense systems. Our target launch vehicles include suborbital rockets and their principal subsystems, as well as payloads carried by such vehicles. Various branches and agencies of the U.S. military, including MDA, use our target launch vehicles as targets for defense-related applications such as ballistic missile interceptor testing and related experiments.
Under a contract from The Boeing Company, Orbital ATK is the sole supplier of interceptor boosters for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the first and only operationally deployed missile defense program to defend the homeland against long-range ballistic missile attacks.
Supersonic Missile Targets
Orbital ATK is applying its proven design philosophy of high performance, low-cost and off-the-shelf technology for supersonic missile targets for the U.S. Navy. The GQM-163A “Coyote” design integrates a solid-fuel, ducted air-breathing rocket propulsion system into a compact missile airframe 18 feet long and 14 inches in diameter.