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Aerojet Rocketdyne hits Patriot milestone

HUNTSVILLE — As company investments enable significant increases in production, Aerojet Rocketdyne has delivered the 830,000th Attitude Control Motor for the Patriot missile system variants, the company said.

“We take great pride in our role powering the PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement) air defense missile system, and this milestone comes at a uniquely important time as the demand for key defense systems continues to increase,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “Our investments to expand production for this critical system will ensure we are able to meet continued demand for our reliable propulsion.”

Investments in ACM production, particularly in its Camden, Ark., facility, included building upgrades, increased manufacturing space, improvements to automated production processes and new state-of-the-art equipment – such as laser welders, filament winders and grinders. This resulted in reduced labor hours, and fewer parts and motor transfers within the building, the company said.

The investments allowed the site to move from two to three production lines, increasing ACM production by 40%.

Each Lockheed Martin PAC-3 MSE missile contains 180 egg-sized ACMs that fire explosively to refine the missile’s course and ensure impact.

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