UMaine Composites Center Awarded $77.4 Million for Research and Development of New Blast-resistant Material
According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $1 billion toward the construction of an additional DDG-51 destroyer, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Thursday. If the funding bill becomes law, the additional destroyer would likely be built at Bath Iron Works.
The defense appropriations bill will also provide $77.4 million for the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to research and develop blast-resistant materials.
Increased funding for defense purchases, including $7.27 million for the construction of a Secure Hybrid Composite Container and the creation of a pilot production line in the United States. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the Composites Center has developed a shipping container in response to secure shipping guidelines.