Dulles, Virginia 6 March 2017 -- Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has named retired Army Major General Ole A. Knudson as Senior Director of Precision Weapons for the Armament Systems Division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group. Knudson will lead company efforts to design, develop and produce next generation precision weapons creating advanced capabilities for the warfighter.
Knudson comes to Orbital ATK following a distinguished service record in both the U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency, where he most recently served as Deputy Director. While with the Army, Knudson served as the Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space at Redstone Arsenal; Director, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Operations Forward in Iraq supporting Multi National Forces Iraq; and Deputy Director for the Security Assistance Office Afghanistan within the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Ole’s expertise join the Orbital ATK team,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager of the Armament Systems Division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems. “His leadership will be very valuable to us as we develop and introduce advanced capabilities to serve the warfighter.”
“Gen. Knudsen brings a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated ability to drive innovation and program execution across a broad array of technologies,” said Mike Kahn, President of Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group. “Ole will be a great addition to our leadership team as we serve our U.S. and international customers to meet the increasing demands of our products and services, and deliver solutions for future threats.”
Knudson joins Orbital ATK at a time when the company is experiencing increased customer demand in weapons technologies that are more accurate, longer range, dependable and safe for the warfighter. He will lead the company’s efforts to maximize the capabilities of the Precision Weapons business to enhance existing products as well as create new precision products for both domestic and international customers.
Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
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