Raytheon opens new Standard Missile factory in Alabama
State-of-the-art facility will produce weapons to defend U.S. and allies
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 26, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
has opened its new all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in
Huntsville, Ala. At the cutting-edge factory, workers will complete final
assembly and testing of the company's Standard Missile-3 and SM-6
Raytheon executives from around the country joined government customers and
elected leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new
70,000 square-foot facility located on the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal.
"This factory is the most advanced missile integration facility in the world,
enabling Raytheon to provide our domestic and international customers with the
most effective, reliable and affordable products possible," said Dr. Taylor W.
Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "The missiles assembled in this
factory will play a critical role in protecting our homeland and defending our
allies around the globe."
The new facility features the latest tools and processes for missile
integration and testing. Factory technicians will use special transport
vehicles for moving missiles inside the factory. The laser-guided vehicles
handle all hardware transfers necessary, allowing technicians to concentrate
on other aspects of production. Powered by a lithium battery, the transporters
use their own internal positioning system for safely and efficiently
maneuvering through the facility to the workstations.
"This missile integration facility will create new jobs for Alabama's workers
to help bolster our nation's defense," said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.
"The facility will further enhance Huntsville's indispensable role in our
nation's security and the region's economy."
The first SM-6 missiles are scheduled to be delivered from the new facility to
the customer in February 2013; initial SM-3 rounds are scheduled to be
delivered the following quarter.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
John B. Patterson
SOURCE Raytheon Company
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