Lockheed Martin announced Monday it will invest $16.5 million on a 25,000-square-foot facility at its Huntsville campus. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the facility Monday afternoon.
The new facility will be used for development in Lockheed Martin’s Next Generation Interceptor program.
Lockheed Martin’s plan
The Missile System Integration Lab facility will initially be used exclusively for development within Lockheed Martin’s Next Generation Interceptor program and supporting the Missile Defense Agency on the mission to protect the homeland against ballistic missile threats with a revolutionary, modern weapon system.
The new MSIL is a $16.5 million Lockheed Martin investment that demonstrates the company’s continued growth in Alabama, as the company already operates 25 facilities in the state. The Lockheed Martin Space workforce is expected to grow by more than 200 employees this year at its Huntsville and Courtland sites.
“Lockheed Martin has had a presence in the Huntsville community since 1963, and the new facility adds to our advanced portfolio to ensure engineering rigor through ground testing and integration, validating our approach well before we flight test. The facility will be equipped with key infrastructure and communication capabilities, integrating the digital thread in all that we do and maturing the All Up Round as we prove out our design.”Sarah Reeves, Vice President of the Next Generation Interceptor Program at Lockheed Martin.
Alabama officials praise Lockheed Martin, Huntsville
Governor Kay Ivey praised Lockheed Martin’s investment in the new facility, saying it builds on the company’s massive Alabama presence, which includes a factory in Troy that produces Javelin anti-tank weapons and other missile systems.
“Folks, I’ll say this. When our country needs us, Alabama is ready to answer the call. Today is another great example of Alabama doing just that, and Lockheed Martin is reminding the world of Alabamians’ willingness and ability to step up to the plate.”Gov. Kay Ivey
Sen. Tommy Tuberville was also on hand at the groundbreaking event and said he has been impressed with Huntsville’s growth.
You already have a large footprint, but now you’re doubling down on North Alabama. I want to say something about Huntsville. There’s not a day that goes by that a senator or congressman asks me to bring them to Huntsville.”Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)