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12 Aug 15. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) celebrated the opening of its cruise missile annex with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Alabama. Customers, state officials and community leaders joined employees in opening the annex, which will support an increase in U.S. and international orders.
“The completion of the cruise missile annex represents the first fruits of Lockheed Martin’s partnership with Alabama to promote long-term growth in Pike County,” said Site Director David Anderson. “So far in 2015, we have hired over 75 employees to fill high-tech positions at our Pike County facility, 20 of whom support cruise missile final assembly. This growth is a result of new business our state partners helped us bring to Alabama.”
Lockheed Martin’s Troy facility has more than 370 employees in total, including 150 who directly support cruise missile programs–the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM®) and JASSM-ER for U.S. customers and Foreign Military Sales, and the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). Lockheed Martin has spent $16.8m to build the 64,500-square-foot annex, and a greater amount of direct capital to furnish and equip it.
Pike County Operations has been recognized for its commitment to continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence. In 2012, it received IndustryWeek magazine’s “Best Plant” award, and the Alabama Performance Excellence Award. It was also a 2012 recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence, along with all Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control sites.
13 Aug 15. Artful sets sail. The latest technologically advanced attack submarine built by BAE Systems set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for sea trials. Commanding Officer Scott Bower guided the Astute class submarine, Artful, into open water after exiting the BAE Systems site yesterday. The submarine will now undergo a series of sea trials with the Royal Navy to test its full range of capabilities.
Commander Bower said, “I am immensely proud and honoured to be leading the crew of Artful. Her capabilities are extraordinary and represent the next step in our country’s century-long history of operating submarines.”
Tony Johns, Managing Director, BAE Systems Submarines said: “Seeing Artful exit from Barrow today is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from everyone at BAE Systems, our partners and the hundreds of businesses in our supply chain network.
“BAE Systems in Barrow is a world class facility, designing and building submarines that are some of the most sophisticated engineering projects in the world. Everyone involved in the Astute programme should feel immensely proud of their achievements as the third in class Astute submarine reaches this significant milestone.”
The design and build of the Astute class is a highly complex engineering feat. The 7,400-tonne attack submarines measure 97 metres and are powered by nuclear reactors. Each submarine is armed with Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk land attack missiles.
Artful is the third Astute class submarine to have been built by BAE Systems. Seven of the class have been commissioned in total and the remaining four boats are currently under construction.
Commander Bower said: “The crew, alongside the workers at BAE Systems have done a sterling job in generating more than a million parts into a submarine. Artful will be home to more than 100 men, and can spend months at a time submerged. She is able to generate her own air and water; food will be her only limiting factor.
“Having left Barrow, a period of