Orbital ATK [OA] completed the expansion of its Northridge, Calif., facility to integrate its engineering and production of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System and Common Munition Bits Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) product lines, the company said Monday.
The facility’s completion was announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), customers, state officials, community leaders, and company employees.
With the expansion of the Northridge facility, Orbital ATK moved its AAR-47 and CMBRE production lines from Clearwater, Fla., to the new California facility. Northridge also produced the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) system for the U.S. Navy.
The AAR-47 is an electronic warfare system designed to protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from surface-to-air threats and is installed on various air platforms flown by the U.S. and its allies in over 16 countries.
“Successfully completing the First Article Build and acceptance testing on the new manufacturing line enables us to support our customers with this important system for many years to come,” Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of the defense electronic systems division at Orbital ATK’s defense systems group, said in a statement
“With the completion of the First Article Inspection, the AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems from the new Northridge production line are ready for deployment to the front lines,” Ron Tucker, AAR-47 lead for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office, PMA-272, added.