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Posted on February 28, 2018 - 08:00 AM
by Diane Sterling
Lockheed Martin broke ground Tuesday on a new research-and-development facility in Orlando, Florida. The Bethesda-based defense giant plans to hire 1,800 people to work on new weapons systems for the Pentagon, 500 of whom will staff the Orlando facility.
Engineers at the facility will work to develop new weapons systems including the Long Range Stand-off Missile (LRSO), a plane-launched nuclear cruise missile. The company is in fierce competition with rivals like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman to capture new defense spending as the Trump administration looks to update the U.S. nuclear arsenal.