ATK Awarded Study Contract from USAF Network Centric Weather Satellite Program

ATK Awarded Study Contract from USAF Network Centric Weather Satellite Program

ATK to Draw on Expertise in Small Satellites

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 7, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today
it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems
Center (SMC) Defense Weather Systems Directorate to execute a study of
Network-Centric Small Satellites as an element of SMC's Weather Satellite
Follow-On Activities.

This study will provide comprehensive insight into the capabilities and
characteristics of a 21st century weather data service that can systematically
augment the legacy Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). The study
will focus on two aspects of such a mission system: 1) net-centric
architectures, and; 2) small, agile, cost-effective heritage spacecraft buses
that can be used to support a variety of future weather payloads.

Net-centric architectures can enable an orderly transition from historically
stove-piped systems to a true 21^st century system that provides for rapid
processing and dissemination of key weather data directly to the warfighter.
Systems engineering trade studies will define a distributed ground system that
utilizes commercial infrastructure to the greatest extent possible to enable
cost-effective, robust, faster data distribution for weather and other
missions.

Small and agile spacecraft concepts based on the heritage ATK A200 spacecraft
bus (previously used for both the TacSat-3 and ORS-1 spacecraft) will be
developed to demonstrate ATK's ability to host candidate Weather Satellite
Follow-on (WSF) instruments and to provide a path to affordable and reliable
spacecraft. ATK has, through the success of NASA's EO-1 and THEMIS, and the
military's TacSat-3 and ORS-1 programs, proven itself as an industry leader in
the design, fabrication, integration, and test of innovative and
cost-effective spacecraft systems.

"ATK is delighted to have this opportunity to play a key role with Space and
Missile Systems Center in an early exploration of disaggregated, affordable,
resilient architectures," said Tom Wilson, ATK Space Systems vice president
and general manager. "We support the U.S. Air Force Space Command and SMC
Space Modernization Initiative that could change the future of military space
systems."

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations
in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be
found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes
forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in
such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can
give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking
information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those
factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product
sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; the terms and
timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information
on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please
refer to ATK's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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