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Orbital ATK Obtains Patent for Helicopter Protection System; Cary Ralston Comments

Orbital ATK Obtains Patent for Helicopter Protection System; Cary Ralston Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Helicopter Active Protection SystemOrbital ATK has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a helicopter protection system the company designed to help protect helicopters from airborne threats.

The Helicopter Active Protection System works to detect and identify threats, launch a kill vehicle to a set location and detonate a warhead, Orbital ATK said Thursday.

“Orbital ATK is dedicated to maturing the development of this first-of-a-kind active protection system for helicopters and to put it into the hands of our armed forces,“ said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK's defense electronic systems division.

“Using advanced technologies to help protect our armed forces is a key focus for our company.”

According to the company, HAPS’ core component is the kill vehicle built to launch and perform pitch maneuvers as it flies to a detonation point.

Orbital ATK says it has completed a live-fire test on those functions.

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