Greater than the sum of its parts

Collectively, we’re the Lucius Fox for the U.S. Army.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Dale Ormond, director of RDECOM, stopped at Picatinny to deliver an important message. Click the link to find out what he had to say.

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Saving time, effort and $$$ with 3-D plans and schematics

When the Ds are 3, things are better all around for manufactures working with our plans and schematics.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — See how the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center teamed up with the Army Research Lab to get our plans and schematics up to speed with the rest of industry saving time, effort, and $$$. Because saving $$$ is kind of a big deal.

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The Armor Inspection System in action overseas.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — It doesn’t shoot and it doesn’t blow up, but ARDEC took on the project of making sure the armor plates that keep our Soldiers alive were up to snuff. Read more about the Armor Inspection System at the link below.

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.50 Cal.: Making the best even better

Our mission: to make one of the best weapons ever fielded even better. Challenge accepted (and met).

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — We wanted to know if we could make one of the best weapons ever fielded even better. We did. The result? The latest upgrade to the legendary M2 .50 Calibur Machine Gun.

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Army research centers partner for improved ammunition packaging


 U.S. Army research and development centers are collaborating to design new ammunition packaging that could yield significant cost savings and improve battlefield capability, officials said.

Two organizations within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command — the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center — are developing a packaging system for 5.56-millimeter ammunition as an alternative to fabric bandoleers.

The new system is being developed for the Project Director Joint Services in support of the Program Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems. It could save considerable cost by using lightweight and inexpensive plastic packaging materials with a design that will allow for automated packing at the ammunition manufacturing plant, said Dan Klein, an engineer with ARDEC’s Packaging Division who serves as the program lead.

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Delayed reaction

One day, this technology may make Fourth of July fireworks that much more environmentally safe. If you love America, you have to love that.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Pyrotechnic delays are more common than you may think. Fourth of July and New years fireworks are when we see them on display (literally). Now think how awesome it would be if we made those pyrotechnic delays safer for the environment. Okay, stop thinking about it and start reading about it in our article. Link below!

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Solution to weapons development problem: HALO and Mass Effect

Who says spending time playing video games never solved anything?

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Think all that time you spent playing video games didn’t contribute to something much more significant than unlocking acheivements, earning virtual trophies or memorizing the Konami Code? Think again. A software engineer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center has stumbled across a potential solution to a weapons development problem thanks to his case of sore thumbs. Thanks, Master Chief.

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Educating with aqua-bots

This underwater robot was built by students younger than 16 years of age. Imagine what they'll build when they graduate from college.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Were you building robots before you turned 16? A select number of students who participated in our summer educational outreach program did just that.

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SCat Gun tests at Picatinny Arsenal

This is a photo of our SCat Gun here at Picatinny Arsenal. We just can't get enough of our SCat Gun. (SCat Gun)

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Testing new and unique projectiles is an important task that requires some unique equipment. To those ends, the SCat Gun here takes care of business. We think even McKayla Maroney would be impressed. Maybe.

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Precision strikes from Strykers

A Soldier prepares to drop the first Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative round fired from a Stryker Double-V Hull Mortar Carrier Vehicle in Afghanistan. What happened? A direct hit. The Death Star is no match for this weapon system.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — It’s a mortar system so accurate it can score a direct hit with the first round (which is harder to do than some may think) and now it comes mounted a Stryker. It’s accurate like Rick Barry from the free throw line and that’s cool.

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It’s like that Avatar movie

Motion-capture suits were worn to create avatars for the M777A2 trainer. No blue cat-people were rendered.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Like something out of a Hollywood sci-fi production, Soldiers and Marines donned motion-capture suits and underwent face scans to render computer avatars of themselves. But this was no movie set and there would be no red carpet premiere.

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Lightning storm! Our article has gone viral

This image could only be more popular if we photoshopped a Pikachu in there.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Our article on the laser-induced plasma channel technology has gone viral! We’ve been featured in quite a few media outlets from across the country as well as on international websites.

A slew of technology and science news sites have run the image and have adapted the release for their own.

A few media outlets in the United Kingdom have run it as well.

Here’s one from the Philippines, Russia, and Turkey.

And if I understood Portuguese, Hungarian, German, Lithuanian, and especially the Polish language, I could tell you what they said about the technology.

Oh, and it also appeared here, here, and here.

Zap! Picatinny engineers set phasers to ‘fry’

Verily, we shot this car with a laser-guided lightning bolt (Mjolnir not required).

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are busy developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target. Soldiers and science fiction fans, you’re welcome.

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Soldier’s science project may benefit entire Army (with help from Picatinny Arsenal)

1st Lt. Derek Wales (shown in photo with green screen background prior to his promotion) shows his "DemonEye" invention that rapidly tells a Soldier where he is on the battlefield and can be produced on the cheap.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — A Soldier’s quest started small, with a simple inspiration during a cadet field exercise in 2010.

His West Point electrical engineering and computer science class instructor gave him the “go-ahead” to follow that inspiration to the completion of his senior class project.

Now, that simple and popular invention could find a place with Soldier’s Army-wide.

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We got you covered, missile gunners

This one's for you, TOW gunners.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — The same team of Picatinny Arsenal engineers that brought the Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) to service members has completed development of a new armor system that is customized for integration with the Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire command-link guided (TOW) missile and Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS).

TOW gunners, soon you too can enjoy the benefits of added protection while atop MRAPs that non-TOW gunners have enjoyed for some time now. It just seemed fair.

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Measuring human behavior

The Target Behavioral Response Laboratory conducts tests to study how humans react to various devices and how they can be made more effective.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Along the winding Snake Hill road in the Picatinny Arsenal 3500 area sits the Target Behavioral Response Laboratory, which is responsible for providing answers to what engineers developing products seek most.

“What happens if… ? Under these conditions, how will people react?”

The Target Behavioral Response Laboratory, or TBRL provides non-invasive, behavioral human research experiments with devices that are non-lethal, less-than-lethal, or enhance lethality. Essentially, researchers study the effects of products on live test subjects: people.

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Student robotic challenges also place emphasis on teamwork

The Roxbury Township basketball robot takes a shot at the basket during a recent FIRST Robotics Competition. Standing in back cheering in a red jumpsuit, his right arm raised, is Shahram Dabiri, the Roxbury team coach and mentor. Dabiri is also the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium Technology Manager at Picatinny Arsenal.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Eight high school robotics teams mentored by engineers at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) competed March 31st to April 1st at the Mount Olive High School in some friendly robot basketball.

The teams participated in a competition called “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (FIRST), which challenges student teams to design, build and compete against one another with…

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Picatinny engineer pursues improved hand grenade

Soldiers engage in grenade training. The hand grenade is familiar to the general public by virtue of its frequent appearance in countless war movies. Yet the basic technology is almost 100 years old. A Picatinny arsenal engineer wants to give a modern face-lift to the warhorse of warfare.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — As far as the design of the basic hand grenade goes, essentially it has been frozen in time.

The first pull-pin design with a lever and delayed fuze dates back to May 1915 and is often referred to as the grandfather to the current variation.

“The basic technology is almost 100 years old,” said Richard Lauch, a Picatinny Arsenal engineer, referring to the Mills Bomb No. 5.

The Mills bomb is the popular name for a series of prominent British hand grenades. They were the first modern fragmentation grenades and named after William Mills, a hand grenade designer.

Lauch, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been on a mission to modernize the hand grenade so that it is safer as well as easier to use and cheaper to produce.

During the last year and half of his Marine service, Lauch was primary marksmanship instructor in the Weapons Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.

While he was assisting in training recruits on the proper use of the M67 hand grenade, Lauch became intimately familiar with what he saw as the grenade’s deficiencies.

The current grenade fuze design only allows for a right-handed user to throw it in the upright position. A lefty has to hold the grenade upside down to safely pull the pin.

Also, the current fuze consists of an explosive train that is in-line from production through usage; thus, it is always “armed.”

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