TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has
chosen Huntsville, Ala., as the future home of a new $75 million missile factory.

Tucson along with Camden, Ark., and Huntsville were finalists for the state-of-the-art weapons facility. Raytheon said the missile factory will provide final assembly and testing for a sea-based missile interceptor and an advanced ship-defense weapon.

Groundbreaking on the 70,000-square-foot facility is expected later this year. Raytheon said Tucson was taken out of the mix because of time,
schedule and costs. The company said the acquisition of additional
land, development of site infrastructure, and road work on
undeveloped land would not support current schedule requirements.

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