Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Final Assembly Checkout
Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) uses a Final Assembly Checkout (FACO) facility to perform all phases of production on missile systems, including final assembly and test procedures. This approach eliminates the need to ship missile systems to secondary locations. The FACO facility is adequately distanced from other manufacturing plants and office buildings, the Tucson International Airport, and the surrounding community. RMSC can deliver a completely assembled, all up round (AUR) missile system to its customers from this site. AUR means the missile is fully fueled and has an explosive warhead.
The company’s Tucson site was established for missile production in the early 1950s with sufficient land to house a FACO facility. Specific distances were established and maintained to allow for the handling, installation, test, and storage of missile ordnance. The FACO facility, in conjunction with nearby subassembly and missile production factories, is essential to manufacturing, assembling, inspecting, testing, and delivering AURs to customers from a single site. This arrangement reduces support personnel and equipment; improves logistics; decreases cycle times; and lowers product costs. RMSC’s FACO facility includes 24 magazines, with more than 2,000 square feet of storage and additional smaller magazines. Delivery and access by truck, rail, and air are readily available.
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