- Northrop Grumman, a US weapons maker, is working on a new missile integration facility in West Virginia.
- The company announced its plans to expand the facility to meet the goals of warfighters and boost efficiency.
- The construction of the new missile integration facility is expected to be completed by 2024.
A US weapons maker, Northrop Grumman, is planning on a new missile integration facility in West Virginia, where it will deploy digital manufacturing technology such as smart equipment and automation to boost efficiency and streamline production.
The company announced plans to build the 113,000 sq ft facility to fabricate and deliver missiles to warfighters more quickly and more affordable than before and increase customer demand.
Mary Petryszyn, Corporate Vice President & President of Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, said that their investments in manufacturing capacity, digital processes, and emerging technologies translate into the rapid capability deployment into the field.
The construction of the new facility is expected to complete in 2024 and will have the production capacity of 600 strike missiles every year.
This facility from Northrop Grumman differs from traditional missile integration sites as it can adapt to different types of missile programs. The company invests in adaptable manufacturing techniques to rapidly change course in response to a shifting industry landscape.
In the news, it was said that the weapons maker announced the completion of the first design review for a high-energy laser prototype, a project conducted under a $72 million contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD). When scaled, such a type of laser has several defense applications, including missile defense systems.
Robert Fleming, Vice President & General Manager of Strategic Space Systems, Northrop Grumman, said that this is a vital step in combining high-power laser beams into a single beam that can be scaled for maximum power.
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