Raytheon expands missile integration facility

The $115 million project will add 26,000 square feet

Officials with Raytheon, the city of Huntsville and the state of Alabama were on hand to break ground at the site of the RTX company’s expansion in Huntsville.

Raytheon, an RTX business, has broken ground on a $115 million expansion of its Redstone Raytheon Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville.

The expansion will add 26,000 square feet, increasing the factory’s space for integrating and delivering critical defense programs by more than 50%.

The expansion is also expected to add 185 jobs, growing RTX’s employee footprint in Alabama to more than 2,200 people.

“This important investment in the Huntsville region will help us meet the growing needs of our military customers and service members,” said Phil Jasper, Raytheon president. “It will also ready our operations to accelerate delivery of our vital counter-hypersonic solution.”

Raytheon’s Huntsville facility is the final integration point for many missile programs for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy and other defense customers. The facility currently handles integration of nine variants of the Standard Missile family, including Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6, and will accommodate additional defense programs, including the Glide Phase Interceptor.

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The Standard Missile-3 destroys short, intermediate and long-range ballistic missiles, while the Standard Missile-6 destroys cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in their final stage of flight from land or at sea.

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