Orbital ATK and USAF partner to support sustainment of military aircraft


Orbital ATK has partnered with the US Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Complex (OO-ALC) to find opportunities to address future composite aerostructure needs on new aircraft platforms or the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of existing platforms.

Under the public-private partnership agreement, the partners will facilitate composite aerostructure design, manufacturing and inspection capabilities at the OO-ALC and Orbital ATK's Aerospace Structures Division headquartered in Clearfield, Utah, US.

The contract is said to support sustainment of the nation’s most advanced military aircraft.

Orbital ATK Aerospace Structures division vice-president and general manager Steve Earl said: “Future projects [...] advance the safety of the warfighter, enhance our national security, and better utilise the tremendous complementary capabilities of each organisation.”

"The airforce is always looking for avenues to improve our operations, and partnerships are a great way to do that."

The USAF Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander brigadier general Steven Bleymaier added: "The airforce is always looking for avenues to improve our operations, and partnerships are a great way to do that."

The OO-ALC is involved in the fabrication, inspection and repair of composite structures, which have been vital to the MRO of the most advanced military aircraft.

Orbital ATK has also been designing, developing and fabricating multiple composite structures, such as the filament wound rocket motor cases produced since the 1950's for both the current Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 commercial widebody aircraft, as well as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II combat fighter.