The US Army has awarded an $86m contract to Atk to supply lightweight (LW) 30mm M789 high-explosive dual-purpose (HEDP) tactical ammunitions for the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

Production is planned to begin in December 2009 at the company’s facilities in Elk River, Radford, and Rocket Center.

The US Army’s Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center is the contracting agency.