Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) - Munitions Directorate

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AFRL/RW
101 West Eglin Blvd.
Eglin AFB, FL 32542-6810
United States

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Description

The roots of the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) can be traced to air armament efforts initiated at Eglin Field during the early stages of World War II. Since this early start, the development of high-speed jet aircraft has outpaced the development of conventional air armament and created a dilemma of using modern fighter bombers to deliver World War II vintage munitions. Sparked by the heightening Vietnam conflict, research and development activities for non-nuclear armament were accelerated. On 1 March 1966, the predecessor to the Munitions Directorate, the Air Force Armament Laboratory (AFATL), was created to provide a community of scientists, engineers, and infrastructure to advance conventional weapons technology.

From the unit's inception, the research and development efforts have focused on user needs. The significance of applying leading edge technology to provide the user with the state-of-the-art weaponry makes a dramatic impact on the outcome of any given strike mission. Technology endeavors over recent years have manifested themselves in a variety of non- nuclear air armament, some of which were employed in effective surgical strike operations in Libya and Desert Storm.

Today, the Munitions Directorate is a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory and continues to make technological breakthroughs for future air armament. The Directorate's emphasis is on the weapon's capability to operate with complete autonomy and with high accuracy when delivered against ground targets in all weather conditions, day or night, using long- or short-range delivery tactics. Air-to-air missiles benefit from this technology with increased single shot kills and larger no-escape zones. Additionally, advances in hard target penetrating warheads are supplying mission flexibility by providing a conventional armament capability to defeat hardened targets traditionally reserved for nuclear weapons. In summary, paramount to every AFRL/MN technology decision is the answer to the question, "What does it do for the user?"

Mission

The primary role of the Air Force/AFRL-Munitions Directorate is to develop, integrate and transition science and technology for air-launched munitions for defeating ground fixed, mobile/relocatable, air and space targets to assure the pre-eminence of U.S. air and space forces.

Facilities:

  • Radio Frequency/Millimeter Wave Facility
  • Electro-Optical Research Facility
  • LADAR Development and Evaluation Research Facility
  • Instrumentation Technology Research Facility
  • Vehicle Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation Facility
  • Aeroballistics Research Facility
  • Ballistics Experimentation Facility
  • Interior Ballistics and Impact Facility
  • Carriage and Release Facility
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Facility
  • High Explosive Research and Development Facility
  • Advanced Warheads Experimental Facility
  • Fuses Research and Development Facility
  • Prototype Munition Fabrication Facility

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Non-scanning computed tomography imaging spectrophotometer
Sculpted reactive liner with semi-cylindrical linear open cells
Spiral linear shaped charge jet

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Fuzes Research and Development Facility
LADAR Development and Evaluation Research Facility (LDERF)
Prototype Munitions Fabrication Lab
Advanced Navigation Laboratory
Electrooptics and Millimeter Wave Lab
Environmental Science Lab
High Explosives Research and Development (HERD) Facility
Munitions Directorate Technical Library
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