Crane Naval Producing New Defense Weapons

The new weapons being produced at the Martin County facility could strengthen NATO defenses.

Officials at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center say production of a new weapons system could help strengthen NATO defenses. Crane electrical engineer Jim Stephens says the Martin County facility was responsible for design, integration, and production of eight communication, radar, and power systems for Stinger missile launchers.

Stephens says the eight such systems will be deployed to Lithuania this summer, in part to help that country address its obligations as a member of NATO. He says once upon a time the country was dependent on the Soviet Union for its air defenses.

Stephens says although the project was conceived about four years ago, Crane has been working on a reconfigured redesign of the system for only a year. He says once the system is deployed later this year, Crane personnel will provide both on-site and remote training support.

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