Aerojet Rocketdyne has opened its large solid rocket motor manufacturing facility in Camden.
The new facility was first announced in August 2018, and the company broke ground on the 17,000 facility in April 2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne, which operates on 1,200 acres in Camden, will use the facility to develop large solid rocket motors for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.
Northrop Grumman announced in September 2020 that Aerojet Rockdyne will be developing a large solid rocket motor and post-boost propulsion system for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Air Force project. According to an Arkansas Economic Development Commission news release, Aerojet Rockdyne produces more than 75,000 solid rocket motors every year at its Camden facilities.
“The Engineering, Manufacturing and Development facility is the newest, state-of-the-art large solid rocket motor manufacturing facility in the nation, and we look forward to expanding our decades-long solid rocket motor production capability in Camden,” Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president Eileen P. Drake said in a statement. “Thanks in large part to Governor Asa Hutchinson and our partners in the great state of Arkansas, Camden is poised to become a major center of large solid rocket motor production.”