Boeing Completes Missile Seeker Facility in Huntsville, Alabama
According to state economic development officials, the expansion will enhance the company’s ability to produce, upgrade and sustain the PAC-3 missile seeker program.
“This is a proud moment for Boeing,” Jim Chilton, a Boeing Senior Vice President, said.
Boeing produces seekers that allow the PAC-3 missile to target enemy missiles and aircraft. It’s “Rocket City”-made seekers provide active data to the PAC-3 missile, which enables it to acquire, intercept and destroy enemy ballistic and cruise missiles as well as hostile aircraft using hit-to-kill technology.
Boeing invested $45 million to expand the Huntsville PAC-3 missile seeker production line in 2011. In June 2017, the company produced its 3,000th seeker at the Alabama location.
“Boeing has been doing business in Alabama for more than 50 years,” Governor Kay Ivey said at the event. “A long time ago, Boeing found that Alabama is a good place to do do business, especially in aerospace and defense.”
“Boeing’s continued growth in Alabama is a testament to the company’s strategic vision, as well as the skillful execution by its extremely talented workforce in the state,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“Boeing’s innovative work in Alabama is critical to our nation’s defense and space programs, and the company has helped the state build a significant presence in an industry with a solid future.”
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