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Day & Zimmermann and ATK Joint Venture Awarded Contracts to Operate Army Ammunition Plants in Iowa and Tennessee

American Ordnance will continue to operate and maintain both Iowa and Milan Army Ammunition Plants

PHILADELPHIA—October 8, 2008—American Ordnance, a joint venture led by Day & Zimmermann, has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army to continue to operate and maintain the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Burlington, Iowa, and the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in Milan, Tennessee. The contract includes a 10-year base contract period and options to extend it an additional 15 years.

The American Ordnance joint venture includes Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), a leading aerospace and defense company. Day & Zimmermann and ATK’s combined Government Owned-Contractor Operated (GOCO) facility management expertise creates a best-value solution that will ensure the future viability and responsiveness of these strategic national assets.

American Ordnance, which has been the operating contractor at Iowa and Milan Army Ammunition Plants (AAPs) since 1998, will continue to manufacture a wide variety of ammunition products while providing a portfolio of support services including security and fire protection services, environmental management, property management, building/grounds/infrastructure maintenance and tenant support.

“As one of the Army’s leading munitions contractors, we are committed to bringing innovative approaches and proven best practices to this important and long-standing relationship,” said Michael Yoh, president and CEO, Munitions & Government for Day & Zimmermann. “We are confident we have assembled a world-class team under American Ordnance that will continue to produce the highest quality munitions and achieve our customer’s goals.”

“We are dedicated to the future viability of these critical industrial capabilities, ensuring that they remain fully capable and responsive to the emerging demands of the Joint Warfighter,” said Mark DeYoung, president of ATK Armament Systems. “Our vision includes a strategic partnership with the U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC) focused on facility optimization and modernization, and the continuous delivery of quality munitions.”

The majority of the artillery and tank munitions for the US Armed Forces are assembled at Iowa AAP, while Milan AAP produces medium caliber munitions, demolition products, mine clearing charges, and specialized components. Iowa AAP also assembles many specialized warheads and developmental products for a wide range of customers. Iowa and Milan AAPs currently employ more than 1500 people throughout extensive production, administrative and storage facilities situated on more than 45,000 acres.

Day & Zimmermann accelerates customer success by delivering diversified services. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations with 2.2 Billion USD in revenues, the Day & Zimmermann family of companies maintains a workforce of 24,000 employees and is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in America by Forbes and is a former winner of the U.S. National Family Business of the Year award. Founded in 1901 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Day & Zimmermann companies today provide architectural-engineering-construction services, power plant maintenance, modification and specialty services, security services, staffing services, and validation services to businesses and government agencies, and munitions production, equipment maintenance and facilities management services to the Department of Defense. For more information, visit http://www.dayzim.com.

ATK is an experienced and proven government facilities manager and is the world’s largest ammunition manufacturer of conventional munitions. Major U.S. Army programs managed by ATK included small-, medium-, and large-caliber ammunition; medium-caliber cannons; force protection systems; rocket motors; energetic; propellants; and mortar and artillery fuzes. ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 17,000 employees in 21 states and approximately $4.6 billion in revenue. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: assumptions related to the benefit the joint venture agreement will provide both companies; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


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