The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex will soon be the home of the nation’s largest enclosed hypersonic testing facility as well as an outdoor range to try out autonomous combat vehicles.
Today, The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved spending a total of $60.3 million for the two facilities at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC).
The complex is being built as part of an agreement between the A&M System and the U.S. Army Futures Command based in Austin. The complex will serve U.S. researchers from universities, the military and industry as they develop advanced technologies to modernize the U.S. Army.
Of the total expenditures approved, $37.8 million will be spent on the Innovation Proving Ground (IPG), an outdoor testing site for autonomous aerial, ground and subterranean vehicles. IPG construction is expected to start next summer and be completed a year later.
Also, $22.5 million will be spent on the Ballistic, Aero-Optics and Materials (BAM) Test Range, a hypersonic and laser testing facility. BAM construction is scheduled to begin in February, with substantial completion expected by October 2022.
For more information, see the A&M System’s press release.