August 3, 2015 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) and RUAG Space announced a new strategic partnership in which RUAG will establish a U.S. composites production capability located within ULA’s Decatur, Alabama, factory.
“We are pleased with this new partnership that leverages so many mutually beneficial business objectives, while substantially lowering costs,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO. “As ULA looks to the future, we will transform the future of space launch by making space more affordable and accessible, while continuing to deliver on ULA’s unparalleled reliability and precision.”
RUAG currently builds the Atlas V 5.4-meter payload fairing system and the interstage adapter in Zurich and Emmon, Switzerland.
This work, plus the production of several new additional structures for the recently announced ULA Vulcan rocket, will be manufactured by RUAG in the Decatur facility starting in mid-2017.
“We’re proud that ULA has selected RUAG as a strategic partner. ULA and RUAG have been working together successfully in the Atlas program for more than a decade. Now we can build on this collaboration with the new Vulcan launcher and our new production site in the U.S.,” says Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space.
RUAG’s presence in Decatur will create approximately 100 local jobs by 2019.
“North Alabama continues to thrive and formulate strong business partnerships that strengthen our community and support America’s defense and space capabilities,” said Rep. Mo Brooks. “I’m proud to represent the men and women of ULA and their 100 percent mission success record.”
“Decatur is very proud of RUAG’s decision,” said Decatur Mayor Don Kyle. “The addition of these jobs will add to the remarkable success ULA has had in the launch industry that serves this country. I look forward to working with RUAG and ULA as they continue to build their expertise here.”
United Launch Alliance is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado and recently announced plans to locate a propulsion testing and manufacturing operation in Pueblo, Colorado. The new facility will support the Vulcan rocket, ULA’s next generation launch vehicle, as well as ULA’s current rockets, the Atlas V and Delta IV.