U.S. aerospace defense contractor Raytheon, who recently merged with United Technologies, announced plans May 19th to shutter their operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company, now under the new conglomerate Raytheon Technologies Corp, intends to shift operations at the Sandia Science and Technology Park to other states including Massachusetts and here in Tucson, Arizona.

“We think this move is in the best interest of our customers as we look to further integrate and streamline our capabilities with pursuits and programs located at other sites while working with employees on a case-by-case basis to explore their individual employment options going forward” said Heather Uberuaga, a spokeswoman with the company. A nation-wide company, the facility in Albuquerque was primarily responsible for designing laser technology and other applications for directed energy systems. Partnering with the local Kirtland Air Force Base in Bernalillo County, the Albuquerque division produced high-intensity electromagnetic components, such as microwave weapons. The 175,000 square foot facility will now move its operational responsibilities to the company’s Missile and Defense branch, headquartered in Tucson.

Prior to the merger with United Technologies last month, Raytheon reported $74 billion in net sales for 2019. Combined, the newly formed Raytheon Technologies Corp presents a market value of over $95 billion.

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