Raytheon recently broke ground on a $115 million expansion of its Redstone Raytheon Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville. (Image courtesy RTX/PRNewswire)

The $115 million expansion will support key missile programs, including the Glide Phase Interceptor.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—Raytheon, an RTX business, recently broke ground on a $115 million, 26,000-square-foot expansion of its Redstone Raytheon Missile Integration Facility, RTX said in a release.

The expansion will increase the factory’s space for integrating and delivering on critical defense programs by more than 50 percent. It is also expected to bring an estimated 185 new jobs to the area, growing RTX’s employee footprint in Alabama to more than 2,200 people.

“This important investment in the Huntsville region will help us meet the growing needs of our military customers and service members,” said Raytheon President Phil Jasper, in the release. “It will also ready our operations to accelerate delivery of our vital counter-hypersonic solution.”

The Redstone Raytheon Missile Integration Facility first opened in 2012. It is the final integration point for many missile programs for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy, and other defense customers. The facility currently handles integration of nine variants of the Standard Missile family, including Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6, and will accommodate additional defense programs, including the Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI), the release said.

According to RTX, the Glide Phase Interceptor will be the first interceptor to defeat the emerging threat of hypersonic glide vehicles in their vulnerable glide phase of flight. Raytheon’s expansion of its Missile Integration Facility at Redstone is said to demonstrate the company’s ability and commitment to continued GPI development.

Construction for the expansion construction is scheduled to conclude in 2025, according to RTX.

Raytheon is a major provider of defense products to the U.S. government and its allies and partners. The company has developed new technologies and enhanced existing capabilities in integrated air and missile defense, smart weapons, missiles, advanced sensors and radars, interceptors, space-based systems, hypersonics, and missile defense across land, air, sea, and space.