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New Department of Defense hub will be in Indiana

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 15, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will be the host of a new defense hub for the U.S. Department of Defense in research, development and testing of hypersonics systems.

Hypersonic systems can travel five times faster than the speed of sound. The new hub will be at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division in Martin County, Indiana.

"Today's announcement is another signal to the world that Indiana is poised to be a leader in hypersonics, with strategic assets such as NSWC Crane and our world-class research institutions fueling growth and advancements in the field," Gov. Eric Holcomb said. "We're excited the Department of Defense has chosen Indiana to establish its JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity, and grateful to our state's leaders in Washington D.C. and here at home for their commitment to increasing defense investment and opportunities in Indiana."

The new facility will allow the Department of Defense to develop technologies and capabilities in hypersonics. Thirty engineers and program managers will be located on-site at NSWC Crane to support the program, the state said.

The U.S. Congress appropriated $100 million under the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020 to the program.