USAF awards contracts for cyberspace test facility and munitions complex

29 October 2020 (Last Updated October 29th, 2020 11:53)

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded contracts for the construction of two new facilities worth $107m at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB).

USAF awards contracts for cyberspace test facility and munitions complex
An artist’s rendering of the overall site perspective of the Advanced Munitions Technology Complex at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Credit: Courtesy graphic / US Air Force.

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded contracts for the construction of two new facilities worth $107m at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB).

Hensel Phelps is responsible for the construction of the new cyberspace test facility and the advanced munitions complex.

The US Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) is leading the projects and the awards are the result of its partnership with the Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

USACE Mobile District is the design and construction agent for the projects.

AFCEC Facility Engineering Directorate director colonel Dave Norton said: “The facilities will help the airforce maintain a technology edge over our adversaries by developing and testing next-generation cutting-edge weapons.

“AFCEC works with airforce installations to construct resilient and mission-ready facilities that provide a high level of combat power, readiness and lethality.”

The ground-breaking for the advanced munitions technology complex was carried out in May last year. It consists of two phases and the first phase was contracted in March last year.

Spread across 52,000ft², the cyberspace test group facility will provide a high-tech facility for the 96th Cyberspace Test Group once complete.

The group will use the facility to boost the critical developmental test and evaluation, training and exercise capabilities.

The design of the facility includes a multi-level secure area, as well as systems to mask and reduce sound, anti-terrorism, and fire protection.

Construction of both the facilities is expected to complete in 2022.