US Navy test range centre breaks ground
Construction of a new operations centre for the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's (NAWCAD's) Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR) has officially begun with a ground breaking ceremony held on 24 August.
The project will boost the ATR's ability to support simultaneous test operations for future and current naval aviation programmes according to the navy, including unmanned systems and virtual, live, constructive battlespace environments. Construction of the centre is expected to complete in 2017.
The new centre will span 17,000sq ft and will include secure, multipurpose mission test cells built to support future and current flight test programmes such as the Unmanned Aircraft Common Control Station, Next-Generation Air Dominance platform(s), Next-Generation Jammer, and the MQ-25A Stingray.
RAdm Shane Gahagan, NAWCAD commander, said: ‘The new operations centre will help us meet the requirements of future major navy programmes, reduce scheduling conflicts and provide more secure information-processing capability for our test ranges.’
NAWCAD's ATR are integrated, fully-instrumented test ranges for full-service support to training and testing of naval aviation aircraft and aircraft systems.
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