US military partners with Oklahoma State University to create C-UAS centre of excellence

The Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) at Oklahoma State University has announced the formation of a Department of Defense (DoD) Counter-UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Center of Excellence (COE).

Created in partnership with the US military and industry leaders, the centre will elevate USRI’s capacity to develop state-of-the-art technology and a highly-trained workforce equipped to sustain growth well into the future, says the university press release.

The newly formed centre of excellence aims to provide a collaborative environment to rapidly develop and test counter-UAS capabilities, and bolster the U.S. military’s ability to attract a skilled, security-cleared workforce to develop and test this technology. It will utilize resources across the state, working with industry and federal agencies to coordinate and evaluate technology to ensure the U.S. retains the lead in UAS and counter-UAS technology for the foreseeable future.

The centre will have a formal grand opening in fall 2022. Although the centre’s work will be performed predominantly at the EXCELSIOR lab on OSU’s Stillwater campus, the footprint of the centre’s reach will extend to OSU’s facilities in Oklahoma City — such as the Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State University — and to the US Army facilities at Fort Sill.

USRI, housed in OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, will provide expertise on unmanned systems, autonomy, advanced materials and navigation solutions, as well as potential workforce candidates that will now have extensive, hands-on experience with systems and technologies developed through the COE.

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