Orbital ATK Delivers 100,000th Hellfire Rocket Motor
DULLES, Va. — Orbital ATK marked a significant milestone with the delivery of its 100,000th AGM-114 tactical motor, the high-performance rocket motor that propels the highly successful Hellfire missile, the company announced in an Oct. 25 release.
The motor is currently in service with the U.S. armed forces as well as 16 other allied nations, and is used on dozens of platforms ranging from helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aircraft, land combat vehicles and combat ships.
For more than three decades, Orbital ATK has designed and manufactured the high-performance, minimum-smoke Hellfire missile rocket motor at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W.V., and is the sole supplier of the rocket motor used across the entire family of missile variants.
At a ceremony celebrating the milestone earlier this month at Orbital ATK’s ABL facility, Army Col. Dave Warnick, Program Executive Officer for Missiles and Space, Joint Attack Munitions Systems, thanked more than 250 employees and industry partners in attendance who are a part of the Hellfire program.
“This is a great program that has continued to deliver a quality tool, at the quantity we need, to do our job and keep American Soldiers safe,” Warnick said, referring to the increase in demand over the past few years. “The Hellfire is going straight from the factory to the front lines where they are being utilized by our Soldiers.”
“Our responsibility to the warfighter drives us to improve and innovate. We are dedicated to deliver the best tactical propulsion and controls products to our customers and continue to invest in our people and facilities to assure readiness and overmatch for the future,” said Mike Kahn, president of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group.
Orbital ATK is upgrading the current version of the Hellfire rocket motor to include insensitive munitions, called the IM Hellfire. By incorporating reduced sensitivity propellants, low-cost bonded end closure composite cases, and passive thermal mitigation systems, Orbital ATK has developed a system that meets all current propulsion interface requirements for the existing Hellfire and will provide enhanced safety for the warfighter.