The new factory combines robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality to enable fast and agile manufacturing processes in support of the U.S. and its allies, Lockheed said Tuesday.
The facility, which could house up to 450 employees, will provide its workforce with digital tools to help reduce the need for hard tooling and increase the efficiency of their production work.
“The technology in our new Palmdale facility lets us go beyond manufacturing optimization to the next digital revolution, driving innovation and preserving California’s leadership in the aerospace industry,” explained Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager of Skunk Works.
The construction project is part of the over $400 million investment made across Lockheed’s Palmdale campus to address the growing needs of its customers.
The manufacturing facility is just one of the four Lockheed plans to open in 2021.