Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., opened a new missile defense testing and simulation facility in Huntsville, Ala., the company announced March 25.

Lockheed Martin’s new Huntsville Integrated Test Center is designed to support cost-effective and realistic testing of a variety of U.S. missile defense systems, including the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the press release said. Lockheed Martin is competing to unseat Boeing Co. as the prime contractor for the nation’s primary strategic missile shield.

The new 1,890-square-meter facility is the ninth building on Lockheed Martin’s 32-hectare Courtland campus in Huntsville, where the company employs 800 workers. The test center features two five-axis motion simulators with infrared scene generators and will support multitiered intercept scenarios, the press release said. It will be available for occupation in May.