The Department of Defense Office of Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization has inked a $215.6 million agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne to modernize and expand the company’s facilities across three locations in the United States.
The deal aims to support the production of complex rocket propulsion systems used in civil and commercial space launches, national security satellites, and DoD missiles and missile defense interceptors.
According to DOD, the money will be used to modernize manufacturing processes at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facilities in Camden, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama; and Orange County, Virginia; purchase equipment and build systems to process data. The funds will also consolidate production lines and increase production and delivery speed for Javelins, Stingers and the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said the investment will modernize rocket propellant and motor production in the U.S. and create technical and skilled labor jobs at multiple domestic facilities.
The effort was funded by the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act and will benefit DOD as it replenishes its ammunition supplies.
The MCEIP office is tasked with addressing supply chain and industrial challenges identified by the DOD and other stakeholders. It supports the domestic industry through direct engagements and investments.