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Boeing expanding Huntsville missile sensor facility

The Boeing Company is again expanding its footprint in Alabama. 

On Monday, company officials broke ground on a 35,000-square-foot expansion at a Huntsville facility that produces sensors to guide Patriot Advanced Capability interceptor missiles.

Boeing recently produced its 5,000th seeker that enables the PAC-3 surface-to-air defense systems to identify, track and intercept air and missile threats.

“The PAC-3 seeker is a critical air and missile defense capability, and this site expansion will allow us to significantly ramp up production to support the U.S. military, allies and international partners who rely on it,” said Debbie Barnett, vice president of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems and Boeing Huntsville site leader. “Our proven seeker enables the life-saving precision accuracy of the Patriot system. I can’t overstate the importance of our team’s work in Huntsville and the mission we support.”

Since 2021, Boeing has been awarded more than $2 billion in contracts for seeker production as a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin.

The facility expansion is expected to be done in early 2027 and will increase seeker production by more than 30% to meet growing air and missile defense needs worldwide, the company said in a written statement. 

The interceptors are currently being used in Ukraine to defend against Russian threats.

In January, Boeing opened a 9,000-square-foot expansion of the Huntsville Electronics Center of Excellence, which produces hardware for PAC-3 seekers and other Boeing systems.

In 2020, Boeing had more than 3,000 employees in Alabama and was named one of the best employers in the state.

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