Orbital ATK reaches rocket motor milestone for Hellfire missile

30 October 2017 (Last Updated October 31st, 2017 11:52)

Orbital ATK has completed the delivery of it 100,000th tactical rocket motor, which powers the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

Orbital ATK has completed the delivery of it 100,000th tactical rocket motor, which powers the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

The motor can be used to power a variety of platforms ranging from helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aircraft, land combat vehicles, and combat ships. It is currently being used by the US Armed Forces, as well as 16 other allied nations.

Production of Hellfire missile rocket motor is carried out at Orbital ATK’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, West Virginia, US.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group president Mike Kahn said: “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.”

“This tactical missile system uses multiple launch platforms based on air, sea, and ground.”

The company is upgrading the current version of the Hellfire rocket motor to include insensitive munitions, called the IM Hellfire.

It has incorporated reduced sensitivity propellants, low-cost bonded end closure composite cases, and passive thermal mitigation systems to develop a system that meets all current propulsion interface requirements for the existing Hellfire and will provide improved safety for troops.

The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-ground missile developed primarily for the anti-armour role. This tactical missile system uses multiple launch platforms based on air, sea, and ground.

Orbital ATK is the sole supplier of the rocket motor that is used across the entire family of missile variant