Next Generation GPS

This Sept. 2, 2016, photo provided by Lockheed Martin shows GPS III satellites being built in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space's complex in Jefferson County. (Pat Corkery/Lockheed Martin via AP)

Jefferson County officials say Lockheed Martin Space is bringing 550 jobs to the area by relocating portions of its production for the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile program to Colorado.

Lockheed Martin Space is the aerospace and defense giant's space division. The project will be based at its headquarters in unincorporated Jefferson County near Waterton Canyon, and employ workers in systems, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as project management and business operations.

The Fleet Ballistic Missile Program builds weapons for the Navy’s Ohio-class submarines and are also the United Kingdom’s sole nuclear deterrent. These missiles have previously been built in Sunnyvale, California.

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