by Staff Writers
Farnborough UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2012
Raytheon's all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in Huntsville, Ala., is nearing completion. The state-of-the-art factory, located on the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal, should be completed before the end of the year. Once operational, the 70,000 square-foot facility will assemble and test Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors.
"This factory will be an asset to our nation and the men and women defending freedom around the world," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "SM-3 and SM-6 are important parts of the nation's advanced missile defense capability; the new factory will play a critical role in providing a missile defense shield to the nation and our allies in Europe."
The new production facility will feature advanced tools and the latest processes for missile production. The advanced technology will enable Raytheon to streamline processes, reduce costs and add increased value for the warfighter.
The first SM-6 is scheduled to be produced from the new facility in February 2013, and initial SM-3s are scheduled to be delivered the following quarter.
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Two missiles miss targets in Taiwan drill
Chiupeng Military Base, Taiwan (AFP) July 9, 2012
Two of 26 missiles missed their targets when Taiwan's military carried out a live-fire exercise Monday, but officers in charge said they were happy with the result. More than 2,300 soldiers were mobilised in the drill held in Chiupeng, a tightly-guarded missile base facing the Pacific Ocean in Pingtung county in the island's south. The two missiles that missed their targets were a Hsiung ... read more
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