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Boeing Transfers Work On Aegis BMD Program To Huntsville

By | August 20, 2007

      The Boeing Co. [BA] will transfer production supporting the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program from Anaheim, Calif., to its facility in Huntsville, Ala.

      That move expands production capability and co-locates Aegis BMD production with similar missile defense activities.

      About 30 positions will transfer to Huntsville in segments over several months and should be completed next year.

      Most of those jobs will be filled by current Boeing employees.

      “This move allows us to increase our capacity supporting the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) kinetic warhead (KW) production and reap the benefits of co-locating our missile defense production in Huntsville,” said Debra Rub-Zenko, vice president of Boeing Integrated Missile Defense.

      Boeing decided to relocate the SM-3 KW production work to Huntsville following an evaluation of projected future production requirements and a review of plans to consolidate Boeing Southern California facilities that will include closing the Anaheim facility.

      The company selected Huntsville because of its performance on complex missile defense programs, such as the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile seeker, the Arrow interceptor co-production and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

      Boeing has partnered with Raytheon Co. [RTN] on the Aegis BMD Standard Missile-3 development since 1996 and is under subcontract to integrate and test the KW avionics, guidance and control hardware and software, as well as the ejection subsystem.

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