Lockheed breaks ground on $16.5M Huntsville missile facility

Facility will be used for Next Generation Interceptor Program

Gov. Kay Ivey, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Lockheed VP Dr. Sarah Hiza, Commissioner Dale Strong and Mayor Tommy Battle celebrate groundbreaking for Lockheed Martin missile facility.

Lockheed Martin corporate leaders and local officials lifted ceremonial shovels Monday to break ground for a $16.5 million missile facility at the firm’s Huntsville campus.

“The Missile System Integration Lab (MSIL) facility will initially be used exclusively for development within Lockheed Martin’s Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program, based in Huntsville and supporting the Missile Defense Agency on the mission to protect the homeland against ballistic missile threats with a revolutionary, modern weapon system,” the company said in announcing the new facility.

“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,” said Sarah Reeves, vice president of the Next Generation Interceptor Program at Lockheed Martin. “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.”

In support of this program, the firm plans to add 200 employees at its Huntsville and Courtland sites.

Lockheed Martin is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

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