BAE Systems breaks ground on $45.5 million project in Huntsville


The third-largest defense contractor in the world breaks ground on a new project in Huntsville.

BAE Systems is expanding its presence in Huntsville with a $45.5 million project and creating at least 300 new jobs.

Today marks the construction for the expansion of BAE Systems here in Huntsville. “We’re going to have an 83,000 square-foot facility. About half of it is going to be manufacturing space, the other half is for research and development engineering space,” said Paul Markwardt, VP and General Manager of BAE Systems, Electronic Systems Sector.

The $45.5 million facility will be located in Cummings Research Park. Work at the site will include the design, development, and manufacturing of precision munitions and aircraft survivability technology.

“Our aircraft survivability technologies provide unrivaled layered counter-measured defenses, protecting air crews against current and evolving threats. The work that will be done by employees in this facility will be vital to our men and women in uniform around the world,” explained Markwardt.

The Huntsville expansion will allow the company to establish a closer working relationship with its critical customers. “The U.S. Army, Missile Defense Agency, PEO Missiles in space and Redstone Arsenal,” added Markwardt.

This groundbreaking is years in the making. The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber met continuously with BAE Systems’ senior leadership to discuss the advantages of being in Huntsville.

“We have the infrastructure in place, we have the second largest research park in America, we have more engineers and degree professionals per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. You put that together and it makes it an attractive place to do business,” said Mayor Tommy Battle

BAE Systems is seeking local candidates to fill manufacturing, program management, engineering and business development roles.

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