ATK Weapons Manufacturing and Northern Arizona University


ATK Sponsor: Timothy Brumfield
Student Team: Catherine Carter, Mark Crouse, Aaron Howerton, Jonathan Mulder
Faculty Advisor: Perry Wood



ATK is one of the largest aerospace and defense contractors in the world. They have a significant presence in the medium caliber armored vehicle armament segment. This project specifically pertains to the 30mm programmable air bursting munitions fired from the MK44 Bushmaster Cannon. These rounds are capable of traveling preset distances and exploding mid-flight. To do this, they require a programming connection to the system firing them. To test this, an inert test verification round was produced that gives a go/no-go indication of the connection between the round and the onboard computer.


Figure 1. MK 44 Bushmaster Cannon



Problem Statement