(Fargo, ND) -- Senator John Hoeven today announced the Sky Range hypersonic missile testing program will expand to Hector Field in Fargo.
The announcement was made at the Autonomous Nation Conference at the Microsoft office in Fargo.
The Test Resource Management Center will use the National Guard's Reaper operations center at Hector for the new Sky Range facility.
The site will house a new data processing center.
“Sky Range is a game-changer for our nation’s efforts to develop and test the next generation of hypersonic missiles, and North Dakota plays an ever-more central role in this critical aspect of our defense,” said Senator Hoeven. “Further, we can save Sky Range time and money, because we already have the perfect facility at Hector Field for this data processing center. Once the 119th Wing moves into their new $17.5 million operations center, we will have a vacant, secure facility that can be quickly adapted to Sky Range’s needs, in time for the program to start activities in 2025. That’s essential, as it will enable our nation to begin testing hypersonic missiles in a more flexible, cost-effective manner than our current ship-based approach, giving us a competitive edge over our adversaries.”