Unmanned Systems

The NCCO’s wealth of real operating environments make it the center of excellence for unmanned systems, sensors, and payload development, integration, testing and training — with a focus on the strategic, tactical, and scientific utilization of unmanned systems, and a recognition of the strategic value these systems offer the defense, intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security and scientific communities. Indiana’s assets include the only brick and mortar full scale urban environment where UAS can operate with full-spectrum sensor capabilities.

With unmanned aerial systems (UAS) comprising a rapidly growing portion of the military budget, and with Congress encouraging the development of UAS platforms, finding the absolute optimal locations for the development, testing, fielding and crew training needs of these incredible systems has become more critical than ever.

That’s why Indiana is leveraging the state’s ample defense resources for the benefit of our nation and allies to become a leader in meeting these critical needs.  The state is expanding the joint interagency, multinational and intergovernmental use of their defense assets, while providing and simultaneously improving the ability of national and international security forces to use these assets to adapt to dynamic, leaner and more cost-effective operating environments.

The NCCO coordinates and expedites the availability and scheduling of Indiana’s unique assets  and defense operating environment including restricted airspace, helping to reduce costs and wait times for clients requiring access to these sites.  Indiana offers suitable working areas, to include the use of Military Operation Areas (SUAs & MOAs) and excellent launch and recovery sites to conduct operations, and has formed a regional Partnership with Ohio in order to enhance the region’s capabilities and provide a FAA UAV Test Range.   While the state of Ohio provides single point test range accountability, Indiana assets are an integral part of that test range for UAS operations.  This means full and complete access to research data, accomplishment of UAS test management and operational control requirements and a full range of support services and capabilities that will enable highly effective testing by users.