Leonardo DRS to Expand its West Plains Campus


ARLINGTON, VA, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 -- Leonardo DRS, Inc., announced today it will build a new administration facility on its campus in West Plains, Missouri, to accommodate its growing Land Systems line of business. The new facility is expected to be ready in late 2019.

The company will invest in a new, best-in-class office and conference facility to serve as the focal point for the majority of the site’s administration and production activities.  The business is a leading integrator of a wide range of systems for U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps ground vehicles including reconnaissance and surveillance, mission support and vehicle survivability and lethality.

The company is also building a new engineering development and light manufacturing facility and offices in Bridgeton, Missouri, which is expected to be ready by early 2020.

 “This new facility will allow our growing team to be centrally located and more efficiently manage our operations in West Plains, as well as provide the opportunity to host larger customer meetings directly on campus,” said Aaron Hankins, vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Systems line of business. “The West Plains area has been our long-time home, and we look forward to many more years of providing jobs and helping support the economy of the region,” Hankins said.

The Leonardo DRS West Plains management team has been housed in temporary office spaces across from the campus since the area was flooded in April 2017. The previous administration offices were heavily damaged and no longer meet company requirements for efficient day-to-day operations, as the company has seen significant growth in the last few years. The future facility will provide for the centralization of the management team, along with on-campus meeting space and the displaying of products for the customer base. 

 “This is an important initiative and will permit our operations to advance and achieve success for our customer, the region and our company for many years to come,” Hankins said.


About Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defense contractors worldwide. Its Land Systems business unit is recognized leader in the design and integration of complex technologies into new and legacy systems and platforms for global military and commercial customers. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Leonardo DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. See the full range of capabilities at www.LeonardoDRS.com and on Twitter @LeonardoDRSnews.