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RTX expands high-tech manufacturing footprint in Mississippi

$50 million expansion will support 100 new jobs and support critical military programs at its Forest facility

Raytheon, an RTX business, broke ground Friday, Sept. 15 on a 17,000-square-foot expansion of its Consolidated Manufacturing Center in Forest. The project is a $50 million corporate investment and will create 100 high-skill jobs over the next five years.

Raytheon will construct a new building on its Forest campus to serve as a hub for the production, test and integration of Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pods for the U.S. Navy and Australian government, as well as airborne radar programs. This investment marks Raytheon’s third expansion in Forest since 2013.

The Mississippi Development Authority and Scott County partnered with Raytheon to support building improvements and facility expansion needs for the project.

NGJ-MB is an advanced electronic attack system that denies, disrupts and degrades enemy technology, including communication tools and air defense systems. Raytheon began Low-Rate Initial Production in Forest in 2021 and was awarded a third LRIP contract in 2023, enabling the team to begin delivering this critical capability for the U.S. Navy fleet and beyond.

For 40 years, Raytheon has been part of the Forest community. RTX employs more than 1,000 people and spends over $253 million annually with Mississippi suppliers. Construction of the new facility will begin in October 2023 with completion expected by December 2026.

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