Lockheed Martin has opened a new facility in Courtland, Alabama, for the production and development of advanced hypersonic strike systems intended to mitigate near-peer threats and support U.S. military branches.
The Hypersonic Missile Assembly Building 4 covers a 65,000-square-foot area and will serve as Lockheed’s base for hypersonic strike programs, the company said Monday.
Sarah Hiza, vice president and general manager of strategic and missile defense systems at Lockheed Martin Space, cited the company’s longtime partnership with Alabama, the Department of Defense and academic researchers that enabled the advancement of hypersonic strike capabilities.
In 2022, machines from the onsite Conventional Prompt Strike production facility will link manufacturing sites and assets across the enterprise through the Intelligent Factory Framework.
Lockheed has been present in northern Alabama for more than half a century and within the past two years, it has added 117,000 square feet at the Courtland facility. MAB4’s opening will draw 70 more jobs to the area and increase the 2,600 employees based in the state.