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Lockheed Martin opens ‘digital’ hypersonics factory in rural Lawrence County

COURTLAND, Alabama – At a World War II-era Air Force base in rural Lawrence County, defense contractor Lockheed Martin this month opened one of the nation’s smartest factories, where workers will bring to life futuristic technologies to protect the U.S.

Lockheed Martin says the 65,000-square-foot structure in Courtland — known as Missile Assembly Building 4, or MAB4 — is no typical factory.

Rather, it’s a “digital first” center for the development of hypersonic strike technologies, pulling together all the best advanced production processes from across the entire company.

“This latest digital factory in Lockheed Martin’s infrastructure means we can make the most of digital engineering practices to revolutionize the way we develop and manufacture American-made hypersonic systems with efficiency and affordability,” said Sarah Hiza, vice president and general manager of the Strategic and Missile Defense Systems at Lockheed Martin Space.

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