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27 Oct 16. BAE Systems has been awarded a U.S. Army contract modification valued at $146.5m to construct and commission a new facility that will increase the capacity for producing insensitive munitions at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee. The project to build the Insensitive Munitions Weak Nitric Acid Recovery Facility is a major part of a multi-year effort to increase the production capacity of Insensitive Munition eXplosives (IMX), which are designed to be robust but more stable and safer to handle than conventional munitions. The plant, operated by BAE Systems, produces a wide range of explosive formulations for multiple applications to support the military, as well as commercial mining and oil operations. The new facility, designed with state-of-the-art safety and environmental controls, will recycle spent nitric acid that is generated at the plant and provide strong nitric acid to produce a range of IMX fills.
“The construction of this facility is strategic in eliminating current IMX capacity constraints,” said Reed McPeak, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc. “Once operational, it will position BAE Systems and the Holston plant to meet current and future IMX demands, both domestically and abroad.”
Work on the new facility will begin this month, with an estimated completion date of July 2019. Since January 1999, BAE Systems has provided total program management for modernization projects conducted at the Holston plant, which it operates on behalf of the Army. This comprehensive management program includes modernization planning, project management, design, construction, and a wide variety of projects to enhance capabilities while protecting the environment and increasing production capacity. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
24 Oct 16. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System on a shovel-ready site in Mississippi. Should the U.S. Air Force approve the company’s proposal for the Advanced Pilot Training program, Raytheon would establish a Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Meridian.
“Our process determined that the best location for building the T-100 is Meridian, Mississippi,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “It provides the right blend of infrastructure, proximity to our customers, government support and a talent base that’s ready for the high tech jobs critical to our success.”
Raytheon has manufactured products in Mississippi for more than three decades. The company manufactures Active Electronically Scanned Array radars at its facility in the city of Forest.
“Mississippi’s existing partnership with Raytheon is one reason we are a global leader in advanced manufacturing for the defense industry,” said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. “With a firm understanding of the significance of the advanced pilot training mission, we are excited about the possibility of expanding that partnership and creating hundreds of new, high-paying jobs supporting our brave men and women who serve this country.”
The T-100 Integrated Air Training System is a comprehensive, next-generation training solution customized to meet and exceed the U.S. Air Force’s mission requirements. Based on the Aermacchi M-346, it combines cutting–edge, ground-based simulators with computerized classroom training to prepare the next generation of pilots. Leonardo-Finmeccanica, CAE USA and Honeywell Aerospace have partnered with Raytheon to offer the T-100 to the U.S. Air Force.
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