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GPS-guided artillery shoot in Germany draws international interest

American Soldiers in Germany are testing a new fuse with a guidance system that both increases accuracy and decreases the risk that errant rounds will detonate.
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Growing drone threat puts focus on Picatinny technology

Technology with the original intent of countering rockets, artillery and mortars might also be used to counter the growing threat of drones that could threaten U.S. targets.
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2015 Picatinny Community Day

The arsenal brings together employees as well as their families July 9 to celebrate Picatinny's Community Day.
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Armament managers receive added training at Picatinny

Four U.S. Army civilian employees, representing a variety of Army commands and organizations of Career Program 33 (Ammunition Management) field, recently completed four weeks of developmental training assignment with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
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Innovative Army technology gains new potential

As drone technology gains greater public attention, along with its potential for hostile action against American targets...
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Engineers receive award for redesign of mortar packaging

Picatinny Arsenal engineers recently won an award for the redesign of 60 mm smoke and illumination mortar packaging that both saves the Army money and allows Soldiers quicker access to the rounds during battles.
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The Picatinny Sound Off Episode 1

The Picatinny Sound Off is a quarterly video that highlights information about Picatinny people, products, technology, newsworthy events and facilities.
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Breaking new ground, joint service team uses 3-D printing to test equipment

In an effort to better monitor the structural health of military equipment, Picatinny Arsenal and engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst have recently teamed up to embed 3-D printed metal parts with internal sensors.
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ARDEC dedicates new propellant facility to WWII veteran, John Amerspek

In honor of World War II veteran and former Picatinny senior manager John P. Amerspek, Picatinny Arsenal held a building dedication ceremony on June 15 for its new propellant complex.
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ARDEC mentoring program fosters future leaders, makes protégés into professionals

From new hires to senior leaders, Picatinny employees gathered recently for the ARDEC Mentoring Program social event, held at the arsenal's Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center.
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Mission

Empower, unburden, and protect the Warfighter by providing superior armaments solutions that dominate the battlefield

Vision

Innovative Armaments Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

ARDEC Director's Corner

Mr. John F. Hedderich III

Welcome to the home page of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

ARDEC is the “real-time, right-now” problem solver for the Army and the joint warfighter’s armaments needs, which includes weapons, ammunition, fire control, and protective systems. Warfighters go into harm’s way for us, and we believe we owe them the best technological edge and the most responsive support possible to ensure that every aspect of their ever changing, armament-related needs are met with urgency.

In short, we provide armaments with overmatch so that our warfighters have a technological advantage and don’t have to be in a fair fight.

Nearly every U.S. Army armament leverages the prowess of an ARDEC employee who contributed to some, or all, aspects of its design, development, and production. Our workforce of nearly 2,500 scientists and engineers provides fully integrated life-cycle engineering for armaments (from leveraging science and technology to design and develop new armaments, to improving existing armaments, to developing and implementing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and techniques, to production, and to the demilitarization of obsolete or retired armaments systems). All of our efforts are integrated with and leverage the vast technological resources within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

Our workforce also designs and improves the logistics and sustainment aspects that ensure that armaments are available to the warfighter where and when they are needed. We are also good stewards of the environment, for example, by developing lead-free ammunition and eco-friendly methods of production and demilitarization.

We are also developing new and cutting-edge technologies that will ensure our warfighters remain the best equipped and maintain their technological advantage in the years to come. Our ARDEC employees do not, however, operate in a vacuum. Each day that our employees support the RDECOM mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter, and our Nation, they are interacting with other researchers, businesses small and large, along with academic institutions that enable our success.

This engagement is critical. Our warfighter support depends on you—our fellow citizens—industry and academia. This website is here to help you understand our mission and activities, and to assist in obtaining your confidence and support.

While you are here, please read our news or explore the “About Us” and “Facilities” links to learn about our mission. Explore the “Business Opportunities” link to learn how your business or academic activity can join with our teams. Visit the “Career Opportunities” link to learn how you might begin a rewarding career supporting American warfighters. Check out our “Outreach” link to learn about how our engineers support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in our local schools.

Thank you for visiting ARDEC on the internet.

John F. Hedderich III
Director, ARDEC

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