Five Buildings Going Up In Cummings Research Area
To accommodate its growing presence in the Huntsville area,
Northrop Grumman Corporation will construct a new five-building
complex in Cummings Research Park.
The company has selected developer Colonial Properties
Trust for the $80 million project to be located off Interstate
565. Colonial Properties is a real estate investment trust
headquartered in Birmingham, AL. Northrop Grumman plans to
break ground on the first 110,000 square-foot building June 27.
Northrop Grumman employs about 1,200 people in the Huntsville
area, in more than 20 facilities. Most current operations will be
consolidated in the new headquarters facility, which will house
offices, laboratories, and research and development centers.
“I am extremely pleased that Northrop Grumman has chosen
to locate this campus in Huntsville’s Research Park; this
decision demonstrates a great deal of confidence in our city and
its bright future,” said Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer.
“Northrop Grumman continues to be a leader in technology and
its presence in Huntsville enhances the city’s reputation as
one of the best places in the country for businesses to
“Northrop Grumman’s considerable growth the past few
years has made us one of Huntsville’s largest
employers,” said Daniel L. Montgomery, Northrop Grumman vice
president and corporate lead executive for the Huntsville region.
“We project even more growth in the years ahead, with
Huntsville supporting or managing several major programs and new
Among those programs is Kinetic
Energy Interceptors (KEI), a mobile, land-based missile-defense
system that, when deployed, will be able to destroy a hostile
threat during its boost and ascent phase of flight. The team
managing the KEI battle- management portion of the program is in
Huntsville. Huntsville-based employees also support other
missile-defense programs, including providing the fire control and
communications subsystem for the ground-based midcourse defense
Other Huntsville activities include developing and fielding
advanced tactical command posts under the Command Post Platform
program; serving as the prime contractor for Forward Area Air
Defense, a command and control capability that helps protect ground
forces against enemy aircraft while protecting friendly aircraft;
and producing the Longbow missile and Viper Strike munition.
The company’s major area customers include the U.S. Army
Space and Missile Defense Command; Army Aviation and Missile
Command; the Army Program Executive Office for Aviation; the Army
Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; and elements of
the Missile Defense Agency.