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Lockheed Martin celebrates opening $18M engineering facility in north Alabama

June 7, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

Lockheed Martin, U.S. Department of Defense, state and local officials celebrated the opening of the company’s new $18 million engineering facility, labs and demonstration centre in Huntsville, Alabama. The 122,000-square-foot facility has space for 500 employees who, explains Lockheed, will advance national security capabilities and drive innovation in North Alabama.

“The crucial work being done here by our customers, our company, and our industry partners has made Alabama a key 21st-century, high-tech defense and deterrence provider that’s ramping up to ensure our troops will stay ahead of accelerating threats across every domain – land, sea, air, space, and cyber,” said Stephanie Hill, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems president.

Work performed at this site supports a more than 60-year legacy of Lockheed Martin customer partnerships in Huntsville supporting all domains air, space, land, sea and cyber. With the opening of this facility, Lockheed Martin’s footprint in Alabama expands to 30 work sites in the state employing over 3,300 people.

Teams in this new facility will advance what Lockheed describes as its 21st Century Security efforts, including:


Readiness and sustainment for the U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter, including the current Multi-Year X contract with production, Foreign Military Sales and all upgrades to the aircraft.

The team is working toward a Multi-Year XI contract opportunity that will result in a modernized Black Hawk featuring more range, payload and networked connectivity to ensure the Black Hawk of tomorrow stays ahead of the threat.

Missile Defense Agency Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system. C2BMC is a layered missile defense system providing commanders the ability to make synchronized decisions about threats at any range, in any phase of flight, from any location in the world.

Modeling and Simulation Contract – Framework and Tools program, supporting the modeling and simulation framework for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

This site will further enhance the company’s 1LMX digital transformation that drives efficiencies, connecting and optimizing engineering tools.

A new Lockheed Martin Rotary Wing Innovation Center, equipped with a modernized Sikorsky Black Hawk mission simulator and next-generation capability simulation tools, will offer the Army an interactive view into the future of the Black Hawk and capabilities for the enduring fleet.

Additional Lockheed Martin programs in Huntsville include the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, Next Generation Interceptor, Javelin Weapon System, and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.


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