...KILN, Miss. - SELEX Galileo, which is using space at Stennis International
Airport to modify aircraft radar and sensor systems, has plans to grow.
...The company, headquartered in Arlington, Va., is owned by Italian defense
company Finmeccanica, and it’s expanding capabilities at a half-dozen
locations nationwide.
...“This is one of the places we need to plant our flag for the long haul,” Giles
Kyser, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a story in the Aug. 21
Sun Herald.
...The company is going from 34,000 to 86,000 square feet of space in the
first phase of a four- to five-year expansion, Kyser told the newspaper. It
plans to invest $11 million to $13 million at the Stennis facility over the next
few years.
...The company also has plans in the works to add training facilities at its
Stennis airport operations, Kyser said.
...The Stennis facility provides aircraft modification and integration services.
Eighteen people are currently employed at its Stennis location, but that will
grow.
...“We integrate avionics solutions into existing airframes to enhance their
capability,” said Clio Timmerman, communications and marketing manager.
...SELEX Galileo recently delivered its 16th C-130 aircraft to the U.S. Coast
Guard and is modifying other aircraft for the military branch, officials said.
...Kyser said the company has found a perfect fit in Hancock County.
...“The people are fantastic. Their values mirror ours,” he said, calling the
state’s reputation “well founded.”  

October 2010
Aerospace
SELEX Galileo grows airport operations