The ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Aberdeen Proving Ground north of Baltimore marks the opening of the Pentagon’s first contiguous, flat track for sustained high-speed vehicle testing.
Officials say vehicle convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan must travel must long distances at over 70 mph to counter enemy threats. But until now, the military has had no way to test all its vehicles at high speeds for extended periods.
The 4.5-mile oval is covered with gravel. It could help engineers reduce the number of tactical motor vehicle accidents, the leading cause of non-hostile U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Source: The Associated Press