Trident Systems is investing $3.7 million to expand capacity at its operation in Fairfax County.

RICHMOND, Va.—Trident Systems, a LightRidge Solutions Company, is planning to invest  $3.7 million to expand capacity at its operation in Fairfax County, according to a release from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). The investment will enable Trident to expand capacity for the production of space electronic systems for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and U.S. Intelligence Community. The project is expected to create approximately 50 new jobs.

“Trident Systems’ expansion demonstrates the strength of the Commonwealth’s aerospace and tech ecosystem,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin in the release. “This homegrown Fairfax County company has grown its business in the Commonwealth for nearly 30 years, and its continued innovation in space electronics is at the heart of this production expansion to serve the defense and intelligence communities.”

Trident Systems is a provider of multi-function space electronics and integrated C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) products. For products deployed in harsh environments, Trident uses a rapid response design approach that mitigates effects of radiation. The company is reported to have delivered semi-custom, high-performance radio frequency (RF) and processing products at significantly lower cost than traditional space products.

“Trident’s rapid growth providing unique solutions that maximize our customer’s mission impact enabled the need for this higher-volume production facility. We are excited to expand our presence in Virginia supporting our nation’s critical space needs,” said Trident Systems General Manager Lorin Hattrup, in the release. “Our new production facility will allow us to support a range of products on rapid timelines while maintaining affordability.”

Trident has been engaged with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade team since 2015, using various programs and service offerings. The company is a 2020 graduate of the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. VALET assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia and will support Trident System’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). The program provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities.