HAMPTON—The construction of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence continues on a 20-acre lot in Hampton Roads Center. The first phase of the project, which included the construction of a 22,000-square-foot facility, was completed at the end of last year and the building was officially occupied on December 28, 2020.
“We are thrilled to reach this critical milestone with the development of our Center of Excellence campus,” said Andy Green, executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Technical Solutions division. “Opening this initial facility immediately expands our unmanned systems capability and helps support the increasing needs of our customers who defend our national security.”
The second phase is on track to be completed by the end of this year. It involves the construction of the main 135,000-square-foot facility that will be used to assemble hull structures for Boeing’s Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) program for the U.S. Navy. The purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility will be used for unmanned systems prototyping, production, and testing. The walls and roof of the main building are already up, and outfitting of the inside is underway.
“HII has made significant investments in the unmanned systems industry during the last year, including this Center of Excellence,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems business group. “This facility solidifies HII’s commitment to advancing development of unmanned systems for our current and future customers.”
HII partnered with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the city of Hampton, and the Hampton Roads Alliance to secure the project. More than 250 high-quality jobs will be created to support unmanned systems design and production at the facility.