Alabama to gain hundreds of new jobs for US missile defense

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The defense firm Northrop Grumman plans to hire 500 more engineers in the Huntsville area to support America’s new Air Force-led defense against foreign nuclear missile attack. reports that company officials on Monday discussed their Huntsville operation, which involves command and control systems used to operate missile defenses.

The Virginia-based company won a contract in 2020 worth nearly $14 billion to replace the country’s 60-year-old Minute Man missile defense system.

The system is prepared 24/7 to launch missiles against an attack immediately on the president’s command.

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