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Lockheed Celebrates 50 Years of Business in Hunstville; John Holly Comments

LockheedLogoLockheed Martin commemorated its 50-year anniversary of business in Hunstville, Ala., with government and military personnel, community officials, industry partners and current/retired employees.

John Holly, vice president of missile defense systems for Lockheed’s space systems business unit, keynoted the celebration and lauded the company’s defense work, according to a company statement.

“A commitment to innovation in developing defense technologies to meet military needs inspired Lockheed to establish a facility in Huntsville five decades ago,” he said.

The Huntsville facility played a key role in the U.S. Army‘s missile defense programs such as the 1984 homing overlay experiment, which successfully demonstrated the world’s first hit-to-kill intercept of a test missile outside the atmosphere.

Also, it served as the prime contractor on NASA’s space shuttle program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1973.

The 57-acre campus currently houses approximately 800 employees in nine buildings.

The complex provides management and engineering services for the medium extended air defense system and other missile defense programs.

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