Lockheed picks Alabama site for hypersonic missile factory

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Construction work on Lockheed Martin’s Hypersonic Strike facility has started in Courtland, Alabama.

The Courtland hypersonic production facility, which will be spread across two new buildings, will be the central point for the assembly, integration and testing of the aerospace and defense firm’s hypersonic programs and employ 72 new people. A further 200 jobs are being created in engineering and management for hypersonic programs at Huntsville Alabama.

Scott Keller, vice president and general manager for strategic and missile defense for Lockheed Martin said, “On behalf of Lockheed Martin, we are honored to expand our presence in Northern Alabama and watch as the next cohort of innovators take advanced defense technology to levels we once thought were impossible.”

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said, “Lockheed Martin has a longstanding relationship with the state of Alabama, and I am proud to see that strengthen even more as they make our state the flagship location for their hypersonic programs.

“Both Courtland and Huntsville will gain new jobs, which is always welcome news. I am proud and confident that Alabamians will help advance Lockheed Martin’s goals as we begin working towards the advancements of the future.”

Lockheed Martin is developing, testing and fielding of hypersonic systems for the US Government as a critical capability that must be addressed in support of the US National Security Strategy and recently won a US$347 million contract to develop long-range hypersonic missiles for the US Army.

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