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ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS TO REDUCE WORKFORCE

 ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS TO REDUCE WORKFORCE
 MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK)


said today it will reduce its workforce by between 500 and 600 employees between now and the end of June.
 The reduction will affect office, technical and managerial employees as well as union employees throughout the company's defense and marine systems and information storage businesses.
 Toby G. Warson, president and chief executive officer, said the reductions are part of the company's commitment to consolidate and streamline operations in anticipation of continuing changes in the defense industry marketplace.
 "We believe it is more important than ever to manage ahead of the business curve," Warson said. "It is critical that we structure our organization to a size that will enable us to maintain our strong competitive advantage, win contracts and provide jobs in the future."
 Warson emphasized that the reductions are not related to performance in the current quarter.
 "We continue to expect strong sales and bookings in the current quarter," said Warson. "Looking ahead, however, it is clear that we must position the company for the realities of the marketplace."
 In December, the company told securities analysts and shareholders in New York that sales for fiscal year 1993 are expected to be down slightly due to a change in contract mix and a delay in international orders.
 Warson also noted that the workforce reductions are not tied directly to the recent announcement by President Bush that the defense budget would be cut by $50 billion over the next five years.
 "A declining defense budget has been factored into our planning for some time now," Warson said. "While the accelerated budget cutbacks will have an impact on our business, we believe we will be less affected than most contractors because we produce defense electronics, subsystems and expendable weapons rather than the major platforms targeted for elimination in the new budget."
 Under the workforce reduction program announced today, salaried employees may submit requests for layoff consideration that will be individually reviewed and approved by the company. An internal assessment also will be conducted to identify positions to be eliminated. The program is expected to reduce the company's total workforce by between 200 and 250 office, technical and managerial employees company-wide between now and the end of March.
 Up to 350 additional employees are expected to be laid off by the end of June. About half that number will be office, technical and managerial employees throughout the company. The balance will be primarily Minneapolis-area hourly union employees.
 Layoffs at Denver-based Metrum Information Storage, Alliant Techsystems' information storage segment, will account for approximately 80 of the total positions to be eliminated between now and the end of June.
 All together, the reductions are expected to result in reduced annual operating expenses of approximately $25 million. They also will result in a pre-tax charge of between $5 and $7 million against earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1992, which ends March 31.
 Alliant Techsystems supplies high-quality precision armament, ordnance, marine and information storage systems to the U.S. government and its allies. The company is headquartered in Edina, Minn., and currently employs 7,100 people throughout the United States.
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