As the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 1, BAE Systems officially started as the new operating contractor of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia. The company will manage, operate, and maintain the plant under an initial 10-year contract from the U.S. Army, which also includes three five-year options that, if exercised, will extend the award through 2037.
"We’re honored to be a new member of the New River Valley community and thrilled to join forces with the highly skilled workforce at Radford,” said Bill Barnett, BAE Systems' general manager at Radford. “This contract is vital to the defense of our nation and an important part of the southwest Virginia economy. We’re committed to ensuring the health and growth of the plant for many years to come."
The Radford plant, established in 1941, is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that manufactures propellants for military munitions. It will be operated for the Army by BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, a unit of Support Solutions. Ordnance Systems is also the operating contractor of the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, under an contract awarded in 1998 that extends through 2023.