Aerojet Rocketdyne has commenced the development of a 17,000ft² engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) facility in a continuing expansion of its Camden, Arkansas, US, solid rocket motor centre.
The facility is expected to open next year and will expand Aerojet’s solid rocket motor production capability in Camden.
It will serve as the developmental gateway to future large solid rocket motor projects, including the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent programme, hypersonics and missile defence targets.
Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president Eileen Drake said: “Once open for business, the EMD facility will be the newest and most modern rocket development facility in the nation.”
The expansion is supported by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Calhoun County and the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said: “We’re thrilled to see Aerojet Rocketdyne continue to grow in Camden, and we appreciate the investments they make in South Arkansas and in our nation’s security.”
With a workforce of 800, Aerojet manufactures 75,000 solid rocket motors per year for a range of programmes, including tactical missiles and missile defence. The company has been operating in Arkansas since 1979.
Aerojet announced in August last year that it would increase the workforce to 900 over the next three years.
Drake added: “Our longstanding partnership with the great state of Arkansas continues to yield impressive results.”
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a provider of propulsion systems and energetics to space, missile defence, tactical and strategic systems areas.
In March last year, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) tested an upgraded insensitive explosive developed by it in partnership with Aerojet to support the Mk-82 500lb and Mk-83 1,000lb general purpose bombs.