BRYAN – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has approved $60.3 million for two facilities at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) on the university’s RELLIS Campus.
Regents appropriated $22.5 million for a hypersonic and directed energy testing range called BAM, which stands for Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials. It will be the largest enclosed testing range of its kind in the U.S., spanning one kilometer lengthwise and two meters in diameter.
Construction will begin in February and wrap up in October 2022.
The remaining $37.8 million is set aside for a next-generation vehicle test track called Innovation Proving Ground. Construction will start in May and be complete in a year.
The BCDC is being built as part of the Texas A&M System and Austin-based U.S. Army Futures Command. The RELLIS Campus is at the junction of State Highways 21 and 47.
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