BAE Systems to Run Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia


People with security clearance may have more job opportunities thanks to a new Army contract awarded to BAE Systems

BAE Systems announced recently that it has won an initial 10-year $850 million contract to head the U.S. Army's Radford ammunition plant in Virginia, which is responsible for manufacturing a material used in explosives.

Reuters reports that BAE was able to beat out Alliant Techsystems Inc. for the defense contract, which could expand through 2036. The Radford plant is reportedly the only such U.S. facility that produces nitrocellulose.

"We're excited about the opportunity to partner with the Army in maintaining this vital facility," David Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions, said in a statement. "Radford provides essential products to support the men and women around the world who defend our nation."

According to the Dow Jones Newswires, BAE Systems is one of the U.S. Department of Defense's largest contractors. Often, such contracts lead to the creation of intelligence and defense jobs with the private company or within various government agencies.

In order to qualify for such positions, candidates typically need to undergo a lifestyle polygraph test and obtain security clearance.