Raytheon Co. opened a new 70,000-square-foot, integration and test facility at Redstone Arsenal on Monday and expects to bring around 300 arsenal-related jobs to the area over the next few years.
The $75 million facility will assemble and test Raytheon’s standard missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors using some of the latest in robotic technology, according to a Huntsville Times article.
“This integration center, its employees and the innovative products we build here will indeed be national assets,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “We recognize that countless lives may one day depend on these technologies.”
The company intends to leverage the robotic technology in its efforts to ensure maximum efficiency and performance during the final assembly and testing phases.
SM-6 is an extended range anti-air warfare missile that provides over-the-horizon capabilities against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.
The first SM-3 is expected in the second quarter of 2013 and will be part of the Missile Defense Agency’s sea-based aegis ballistic missile defense system.