Lockheed Martin begins building two new weapons factories

18 September 2019

Lockheed Martin broke ground this month on two new weapons factories in the southern US states of Alabama and Arkansas.

The two-building facility in Courtland, Alabama, will assemble, integrate, and test hypersonic strike weapons, a growing focus of the US Department of Defense. Over the next three years, Courtland will gain 72 jobs, while Huntsville, Alabama, will add 200 management and engineering jobs.

In August, the US Army awarded Lockheed Martin a USD347 million contract to develop a land-based hypersonic strike prototype. Lockheed Martin is also developing air-launched hypersonic weapons for the US Air Force and a hypersonic boost glide missile for the US Navy.

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