The world’s third largest defense contractor will soon be based in northeast Austin. On August 11th, BAE Systems announced that it would expand its operations in the capital with a new $ 150 million facility near East Parmer Lane and I-35 .
BAE Systems’ new campus will be part of the Parmer Austin Business Park and will include engineering, manufacturing, laboratory facilities and office space. After its completion, the campus will employ 1,400 people, according to a press release.
UK-based BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense technology companies. According to a press release, the North Austin facility will primarily serve customers of the US Department of Defense.
As of 2019, the company employed more than 600 people in its current East Austin office, where they work on autonomy technologies, cyber technology, electronic warfare, sensor development and manufacturing.
“Work on the [Northeast Austin] The site will consist of new programs and existing businesses that primarily involve the design, development and manufacture of radio frequency and electro-optic / infrared countermeasure systems, “the company said.
BAE Systems also pointed out the proximity of the new location to the Capital Factory and the US Army’s Futures Command.
“This expansion will continue our longstanding heritage of innovation in Austin while preparing us for our planned engineering and manufacturing growth,” said Dave Harrold, vice president and general manager of Countermeasure & Electromagnetic Attack Solutions at BAE Systems, in a press release. Austin is an ideal location to attract the talent we need to bring the latest features to our customers. “
Construction work is scheduled to begin this year and end in 2022.