Lockheed Martin opens $16.5 million Missile Defense Lab

The engineering lab, in Huntsville, is 25,000 square feet

Lockheed Martin opens Missile System Integration Lab in Huntsville. Left to right are: Sarah Reeves, vice president of NGI at Lockheed Martin; Mark Calassa, vice president and deputy general manager of Strategic & Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin; Robert Lightfoot, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space; Paul Finley, mayor of Madison; Mac McCutcheon, Madison County Commission chairman; and Walton Doster, president and CEO of Doster Construction.

Lockheed Martin has opened a $16.5 million engineering lab at its Huntsville campus. The 25,000-square-foot Missile System Integration Lab will conduct development, testing and system integration for the nation’s Next Generation Interceptor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

The MSIL also will house a digital engineering center and key infrastructure to create and maintain a digital thread throughout the integration process.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to North Alabama and this facility is further evidence of that,” said Robert Lightfoot, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space. “We are pleased to celebrate adding an advanced facility to our Huntsville campus today — the same year we mark 60 years in the Rocket City supporting our customers.”

Sarah Reeves, vice president of NGI at Lockheed Martin, added that the facility will serve as a test center to prove the hardware and software integrates, while adding new levels of digital capability, agility and connectivity to the company’s customers.

“It is another example of Lockheed Martin’s investment in technology and advanced facilities critical to reducing risk for our NGI program. The MSIL brings us even closer to flight testing and production of our interceptor, which will revolutionize U.S. homeland missile defense,” Reeves said.

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In addition to this new facility, Lockheed Martin plans to break ground later this year on two facilities in Courtland, which will add missile production space and a payload manufacturing center.

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