Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, has broken ground on what would become a radiation testing facility for various defense systems.
The future Radiation Modernization facility will feature new testing equipment as the Navy assesses the radiation of missile defense, space and nuclear deterrence systems, Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday. The facility's groundbreaking ceremony took place on Oct. 4th.
“This new facility will house a new Short Pulse Gamma (SPG) system, required shielding, and space for required maintenance," said Shana Goodman, the division manager for NSWC Crane's strategic microelectronics division.
She said the military has been working since 2019 to plan the new facility, which is funded by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Goodman noted that the facility will be ready for use before the end of fiscal year 2023.