CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Letterkenny Army Depot and Franklin County officials celebrated a milestone Thursday that they say will ensure that between 300 and 400 jobs stay in Chambersburg through 2013.
Depot commander Col. Cheri A. Provancha recognized the men and women at Letterkenny for completing two separate systems — a Patriot Launcher and a Patriot Guidance Enhancement Missile, or GEM-T, during two ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the depot.
Provancha said the two programs are not creating new jobs, but will maintain job security.
"This is taking advantage of current expertise in the work force so it's not creating jobs for us, but what it is allowing us to do is maintain a steady state," Provancha said.
Letterkenny partnered with the Massachusetts-firm Raytheon to develop both systems.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is the prime contractor for Patriot — a long-range, high-altitude, all-weather system — and the systems integrator for the PAC-3 missile, according to Raytheon's website.
"We're here to recognize a milestone in our pursuit of excellence in the pursuit of our U.S. and allied war fighters," Provancha said.