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US Navy awards GQM-163A support contract

26 February 2018

The US Navy has awarded Orbital ATK a USD79.4 million contract for operation and maintenance support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division ‘Ground Launch Drone Missile’ – more commonly referred to as the GQM-163A Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) system.

Under the provisions of the contract, awarded on 14 February, Orbital ATK will conduct target test and evaluation (T&E), including developmental testing, of the SSST including tests for undisclosed Foreign Military Sales customers.

“The GQM-163A is used to conduct test and evaluation [both operational and developmental T&E] of other weapon systems. This contract procures operational and maintenance services in support of GQM-163A operations at multiple operating sites.

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