ATK [ATK] has been awarded a $21 million contract by the U.S. Army Aberdeen Contracting Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to supply various types of non-standard (non-NATO) weapon systems for the security forces of Afghanistan.

“ATK successfully demonstrated its technical and international supply chain management capabilities under its first non-standard ammunition contract for Afghanistan in early 2009,” said Mark DeYoung, ATK senior vice president and president Armament Systems. “This initial contract was successfully completed with quality munitions delivered into Afghanistan on schedule and on budget. As part of an ongoing, aggressive international outreach strategy, we continue to build on that success, expanding our global presence and rapidly delivering quality armament systems solutions and the best value for our customers.”

The contract runs through fall 2010, and represents ATK’s successful expansion into the supply of non-standard small-caliber and crew-served weapon systems.

This is ATK’s third contract from the U.S. Army to supply non-standard products to the security forces of Afghanistan.

It was 19 months ago that ATK Armament Systems refocused and broadened its efforts using a systems contract approach, which means the company doesn’t have to make something to provide value to customers leveraging its supply chain management organization (Defense Daily, Oct. 5).

ATK’s Small Caliber Systems division in Independence, Mo., will bring to bear its production, quality, and supply chain management capabilities to qualify and integrate a team of proven international manufacturers, primarily from Eastern Europe, for the on-time delivery to the Afghan security forces of quality, non-standard infantry weapon systems.