PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — We switched our contract and saved money on armor plates for Bradley Fighting Vehicle. How much? Find out below.
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.
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.
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Because once is never enough, we came up with a solution on what to do with old artillery shells. Click the link to find out where they all went.
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.
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.
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.
To read more:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.”