The service needs to completely replace dozens of buildings at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, which is its premier test and development base.
The Navy may need more than $5 billion to return Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to a "mission capable" status following a series of earthquakes back in July. The sprawling base, which houses the service's premier developmental test facilities for aircraft and weapons, sustained significant damage, including to the highly specialized facilities and the equipment within them.
A pair of major earthquakes, with registered magnitudes of 6.4 and 7.1, along with thousands of aftershocks, rocked the base and surrounding areas between July 4 and 5, 2019. Getting the facilities back up and running is a major priority for the Navy, given that China supports so much critical research and development work, which you can read all about in greater depth in these past War Zone articles. READ MORE...
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