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Lockheed site director talks Pike County operations

Members of the Troy Exchange Club listened intently as Jason Crager, director of site operations at Pike County’s Lockheed Martin facility, talked about the missiles the site manufactured.

During the presentation at the American Legion building Thursday afternoon, Crager broke down the types of missiles that are the focus of the local missile maker.

He started by describing the air-to-ground missiles the company produces, which in times past were each tailored to a different mission. But the newest model is now able to be used for multiple mission types.

He also showed off the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile with a video of the plane-like bombs penetrating thick concrete targets and reducing them to rubble.

Finally, Crager showed off the Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) missiles, which are well-known as the missiles built to intercept ballistic missiles.

“They don’t even have a warhead in them,” Crager said. “They use pure kinetic energy to destroy the other missiles.”

Crager said there is much that cannot be said due to the nature of the work Lockheed does, but he praised the local workforce for being the core of how the manufacturing site is able to build these products every day.

The most important thing, he said, is that the missiles work correctly every time.

Crager said Lockheed is continuing to push to be the site of choice for missile production for the Department of Defense.