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At new Raytheon plant, America's missiles come to life

The giant military contractor today opened the doors to its mammoth missile production and test facility in Huntsville, Ala.

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Standard Missile-3

Today, Raytheon, one of the world's largest military contractors, opened a brand-new missile production and test facility in Huntsville, Ala. Close by the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal, the facility will be used to product Standard Missile-3s and SM-6 interceptors for the militaries of the U.S. and its allies. This is the SM-3, which is designed to protect against short- to medium-range threat ballistic missiles.
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Standard Missile-6

The U.S. Navy will use Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 for extended range fleet protection.
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Partial missile assembly

Inside Raytheon's 70,000-square-foot missle integration and test facility in Huntsville, Ala., a partial missile assembly mock up sits at a workstation.
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Assembly station

Looking through a common ring and cradle tool set at an assembly station in Raytheon's new missile integration and test facility in Huntsville, Ala.
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Battery powered automatic guided vehicle

Three of these lithium-battery-powered automatic guided vehicles are being used in Raytheon's new Huntsville, Ala., missile facility. The vehicles are used to move missile hardware workers' stations.
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Jib Crane

At Raytheon's new missile integration and test facility in Huntsville, Ala., jib cranes are used in processing SM-3 kinetic warheads.

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