U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is the Army’s principle researcher, developer and sustainer of current and future armament and munitions systems. ARDEC, located at Picatinny, New Jersey, plays a key role in Army Transformation with its involvement in the development of the Soldier and Future Combat Systems, and continued efforts in the development of advanced weapons to exploit technologies like high-power microwaves, high-energy lasers and nano-technology.

ARDEC’s overall mission is to improve already fielded items, develop new ones, maintain a strong armament technology base in government, industry and academia and provide technical support to the soldier in the field. In this way, the Center achieves its vision of “providing America advanced armaments for peace and war.”

The recipient of many prestigious national awards including the Presidential Award for Quality, two Army Communities of Excellence Awards and several Army Research and Development Organization of the Year Awards, ARDEC is an organization whose entire fabric is committed to providing its ultimate customer, the Warfighter, the most effective products found anywhere in the world.

With more than 2,500 highly skilled scientists, engineers and other technical specialists situated at five different locations throughout the U. S., ARDEC is currently responsible for several hundred programs that are in one of the following phases of the Acquisition Process: Basic Research, Applied Research, Concept Demonstration, Development, Production and Deployment. The Center’s efforts are concentrated in ten major technical areas: Smart Munitions, Indirect Fire, Direct Fire, Soldier Weapons, Mines and Demolitions, Gun Propulsion, Fuzing and Legal Mechanisms, Fire Control, Munitions Survivability and Pollution Prevention.

ARDEC is the Army’s “Center of Lethality” and as such is leading the way in the development of tomorrow’s armament and munitions systems, working closely with its Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine partners.

Read more at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center homepage.