US$200 million bid to improve US rocket manufacture

Aerojet Rocketdyne has received US$215.6 million to improve the manufacturing capacity for rocket launch systems in the US.

The contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) will involve updating facilities, buying new equipment, and automating more manufacturing processes in order to make more Javelin missiles, Stinger launchers and a guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS).

“These funds will build upon our own significant investments in modern, efficient facilities and innovative technologies and processes to design and develop advanced propulsion systems to support the defense missions of tomorrow,” said Eileen P Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO.

Recent the company built a new 51,000 ft2 facility in Camden, Arkansas, USA, and is renting a 379,000 ft2 facility to expand manufacturing capability in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.