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DoD establishes hypersonics center at Naval Surface Warfare Center

SpaceDaily.com reports: “The Pentagon established a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., on Thursday.

Mark Lewis, acting deputy under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and JHTO director Gillian Bussey announced the opening in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gov. Eric Holcomb, according to the Department of Defense.

‘The JHTO and its Systems Engineering Field Activity present a signature opportunity for the Department,’ Lewis said. ‘Leveraging the capabilities at NSWC Crane, we can not only develop effective hypersonic technologies, but we can also develop them affordably at the speed of relevance to our warfighters. Proactive engineering for affordable upgrades is critical to the long-term sustainability of these systems.’

NWSC Crane was recently awarded contracts to advance its hypersonics testing and verification capabilities — including a $150 million award for an underwater launch test complex and a missile technology evaluation facility…”

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