ATK Alliant Techsystems, MINNEAPOLIS: Alliant Techsystems has been notified that the U.S. Army will accelerate fielding of the Matrix remote munitions control system. Twenty-five Matrix systems will be delivered to U.S. forces in Iraq by June 2005. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  
 
Matrix is a portable, reusable, soldier-in-the-loop system that can be used in either a lethal, or a non-lethal mode. ATK developed Matrix with its joint venture partner Textron Systems for the Project Manager Close Combat Systems and the U.S. Army Armaments, Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) based at the Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.  
 
A follow-on program to Matrix is the ATK/Textron Systems Spider program, an advanced man-in-the-loop area denial system designed to give U.S. forces unmatched capability for perimeter defense, flank protection and more. ATK is a $2.4 billion advanced weapon and space systems company employing approximately 14,000 people in 23 states.