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Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division

Laboratory Information:

Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Code QXN
300 Hwy 361
Building 3395
Crane, IN 47522
Technology Transfer Website:
Agency/Department: Dept. of Defense - Navy
Region: Midwest

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Ms. Brooke Pyne
Phone: (812)854-4823
Fax: (812) 854-6395

Background/History of the Laboratory:

The initial mission of Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center was to prepare, load, renovate, receive, store, and issue all ammunition, including pyrotechnics and illuminating projectiles, and to act as a principal source of supply at a most critical time - the early days of World War II.  After the end of World War II, NSWC Crane began to develop an expertise in engineering and electronics that has carried the facility into a leadership position in today's Navy.

Today, as a warfare center within Naval Sea Systems Command, NSWC Crane is a multi-mission, multi- service product center with both fleet support and industrial base missions. Our fleet support mission is performed in a joint, cross-service, and cross-platform environment. NSWC Crane serves a modern and sophisticated Navy as a recognized leader in the areas of Strategic Missions, Electronic Warfare and Special Missions. By stewarding the technical capabilities required of the warfare center, NSWC Crane is a service leader in microwave tube technology, printed circuit boards, pyrotechnics, radiation-hardened devices and power systems.

Partnerships with industry, academia and other government activities leverage the strengths of each to meet the needs of the Department of Defense. NSWC Crane and its partners are known for world-class technical leadership to virtually every Warfighter, ship, submarine, aircraft, and missile system fielded by the Navy.

Mission of the Laboratory:

The mission of NSWC Crane Division is to provide acquisition engineering, in-service engineering and technical support for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare and special warfare weapons. NSWC Crane also works to apply component and system-level product and industrial engineering to surface sensors, strategic systems, special warfare devices and electronic warfare/information operations systems, as well as to execute other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center.

The focus of NSWC Crane is harnessing the power of technology for the Warfighter. We specialize in the total life-cycle support within three primary focus areas:

  • Special Missions
  • Strategic Missions
  • Electronic Warfare/Information Operations


  • Acoustic Test Facility (indoor/outdoor)
  • Active Array Near Field Test Chamber
  • Advanced Composite & Fabrication Repair Facilities
  • Anechoic Chamber Test Facilities (multiple)
  • Anti-Tamper Technology Laboratory
  • Ballistic Acoustic Targeting System
  • Clean Rooms (multiple – 10k and 100k)
  • Compact Millimeter Wave  Chamber
  • Comprehensive Antenna Analysis Facility
  • Defense Securities Systems Complex
  • Elastomer Laboratory
  • Electromagnetic Environment Analysis and Development
  • Electro-Optics (EO) Training Range
  • Electronic Warfare Techniques Development Laboratory
  • Environmental Testing Facilities
  • EW Load Set Implementation Laboratory
  • EW/IO Performance Laboratory
  • EW Training Range
  • Far-Field Radar Test Ranges (6288 ft.)
  • Failure & Materials Analysis Laboratory
  • Firing Range (multiple - indoor/outdoor)
  • Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Test Facility
  • High Energy Density Battery Test Facility
  • High Fidelity Network Laboratory
  • High Power Radar Test Facility (S & X Band)
  • High Power Radio Frequency Test Equipment
  • High Voltage Test Laboratory
  • Information Operations Test Range
  • Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) Development & Prototype Facilities
  • Laser Test & Training Ranges
  • Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Facility
  • Material Analysis
  • Microwave Components Systems Engineering Facility
  • Microwave Tube Testing Lab
  • Mobile EW Systems and Signal Simulators
  • Modeling & Simulation Laboratory (heat, stress, acoustics, electromagnetics)
  • Munitions Training Range
  • Nigh Vision Test Range
  • Outdoor Antenna Field Testing
  • Outdoor Laser Range
  • Portable Temperature Chambers (trailer mounted)
  • Power System Evaluation Facility
  • Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing Facility
  • Radar Systems Engineering Complex
  • Radiation Laboratory
  • Realistic Ground Antenna (RGA)  Range
  • Simulated Shipboard Local Area Network (LAN) for NIAPS Development/Testing
  • Solid-State Component Test & Evaluation Facility
  • Special Munitions Test Range
  • Special Weapons Assessment Facility
  • Tapered Test Ranges
  • Underwater Demo Test Range
  • Vacuum Electronics Laboratory
  • Vacuum Electron Devices Specialized Laboratory
  • Vacuum Process & Failure Analysis Lab
  • Vehicle Automated Diagnostic System (VADS)
  • Water Immersion Tanks
  • Weapons & Ammunition Environmental Testing Facilities
  • Weapons Training Range
  • Wind Tunnel – Ram Air Turbine
  • X-Ray Facilities

Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Dual-use Technologies
  • Facility Sharing
  • Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)
  • Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement (MOU or MOA)
  • Patent Licensing Agreements
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
  • Technical Assistance
  • Testing Services
  • Work For Private Party Agreements
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • Acquisition Support
  • Antennas
  • Chemical/Biological Warfare Detection
  • Conventional Ammunition
  • Defense Security Systems
  • Expeditionary Warfare Systems
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fleet Maintenance and Modernization
  • Global Material Logistics
  • Engineering
  • Microwave Vacuum and Solid State Devices
  • Night Vision & Electro-Optics
  • Power Systems
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Radar
  • Small Arms
  • Strategic Systems
  • Surface Electronic Warfare
  • Surface Ship Systems
  • Training
  • Undersea Warfare Systems
  • Weapons Systems
  • Reverse Engineering