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RTX-Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Plan East Camden, Arkansas, Iron Dome Factory

RTX, in partnership with Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, plans to establish operations in East Camden, Arkansas. The $33 million project is expected to create 30 jobs.

The facility will produce the Tamir missile for the Iron Dome Weapon System and its U.S. variant, the SkyHunter missile to be used by U.S. Marine Corps and our allies.

“This expansion will support our ability to address the needs of both current and future customers,” said Jeff Shockey, senior vice president of Global Government Relations at RTX. “Thanks to the unwavering support of Governor Huckabee Sanders and the Arkansas Congressional delegation, this new facility allows us to expand our presence in Camden, leverage the established defense community and workforce, and build our capacity to support the growing needs of our global customers and eventually augment Rafael’s direct support for Israeli Defense Forces.”

RTX Corporation, formerly Raytheon Technologies Corporation, is an American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate. The company manufactures aircraft engines, avionics, aerostructures, cybersecurity solutions, guided missiles, air defense systems, satellites, and drones.

“Arkansas is proud to be a leader in aerospace and defense, helping to safeguard the freedom and security of the United States and its allies around the world,” noted Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). “East Camden offers an experienced workforce for Raytheon and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ new venture, and we look forward to the community’s and the companies’ success.”

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., is an Israeli defense technology company. The company has pioneered advances in defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space.

"The Calhoun and Ouachita County area is a hub of the aerospace and defense industry in Arkansas and the United States. We are excited that Raytheon and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have chosen East Camden to build a new manufacturing facility, and we stand ready to help these companies succeed in our community,” noted Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development Executive Director James Lee Silliman.

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