Raytheon Expands Forest, Mississippi, Manufacturing Center
The company will construct a new facility on its existing campus to serve as a hub for the production, test and integration of Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pods for the U.S. Navy and Australian government, as well as airborne radar programs. Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2023.
“As a long-time partner, we see the value of continued investment in Mississippi and its workforce. Our Forest facility supports 20 major programs and runs three shifts per day to deliver the advanced technology our customers need. This latest expansion will help us ramp-up production for a critical airborne electronic attack system to address advanced and emerging threats while protecting U.S. and coalition forces,” Kim Ernzen, President of Naval Power at Raytheon, an RTX business advised.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Scott County partnered with Raytheon to support building improvements and facility expansion needs for the project.
“Raytheon’s significant investment and creation of so many new jobs in Scott County will certainly have a positive, lasting impact on the local economy and central Mississippi as a whole. Each one of these new jobs will generate an increased demand for goods and services locally and throughout the region; therefore, many individuals and businesses will benefit indirectly because of Raytheon’s decision to grow once again in Forest. MDA is proud to support Raytheon with this important project, and we thank the Raytheon team for their continued partnership with the state of Mississippi,” MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp noted.
Arlington, Virginia-based RTX Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate. The company is one of the largest aerospace and defense manufacturers in the world by revenue and market capitalization, as well as one of the largest providers of intelligence services. RTX employs more than 1,000 people and spends over $253 million annually with Mississippi suppliers.
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