RDECOM- Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (RDECOM-ARDEC)

RDECOM- Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (RDECOM-ARDEC)



FLC Region

Security Lab



Building 93, 3rd Floor
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000
United States

Laboratory Representative


The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM-ARDEC) is an internationally acknowledged hub for the advancement of armament technologies and engineering innovation. As one of the specialized research, development and engineering centers within the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the RDECOM-ARDEC has the responsibility for meeting this critical demand. The RDECOM-ARDEC's workforce provides life-cycle support for nearly 90 percent of the lethal Army systems used by U.S. Warfighters. 

The RDECOM-ARDEC strives to support the Army's efforts to ensure Soldier survivability and enhance platform and area protection by providing engineering, design and development support. This support is essential to the rapid delivery of critical technologies to U.S. Warfighters. 

Although the RDECOM-ARDEC's principal mission is to mature technologies for armament applications, it also looks for ways to transfer beneficial technologies to public use. The RDECOM-ARDEC has transferred technologies to the law enforcement community such as non-lethal, aversive technologies for crowd control and a forcible entry device for breeching doors. Its military warheads expertise is helping the oil and gas industry develop more effective oil drilling technology. Our manufacturing technology program is transferring a variety of technologies to U.S. industry such as model-based control and environmentally safer manufacturing methods.



Lead research, development and engineering of systems solutions to arm those who defend the nation against all current and future threats, both at home and abroad 


RDECOM-ARDEC, centered at Picatinny Arsenal, is a critical national asset that is vital to National Security and is unfettered in its ability to deliver products and provide world class facilities and services

Tech Areas

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105MM case telescoped ammunition (CTA) for use in multi-role armament ammunition system (MRAAS) - Title changed to LARGE CALIBER CASE TELESCOPED AMMUNITION
A Finless training projectile with improved flight stability over an extended range
A missile system for breaching reinforced concrete barriers utilizing hinged explosively formed projectile warheads
A non-lethal ammunition utilizing a dense powder ballast and a two stage firing sequence
A variable drag stabilizer for limiting the flight range of a training projectile
Active ammunition magazine
Adapter extension for rifle fired muzzle mounted grenades
Adaptive fragmentation mechanism to enhance lethality
Adaptor for rifle fired bullet trap grenades
Adaptor for securing a blasting cap initiator (in demolition and munitions devices)


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Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory
Breech and Tube Fatigue Test Facility
Electronics Electro-Mechanical & Prototype Fabrication Facility
Energetic and Engineering Materials Lab
Environmental Experimental Facilities
Explosive Formulation Pilot Plant
High Energy Propellant Formulation Facility
Instrumentation and Measurement System Facility
Intelligent Sensor-Based Robotics Laboratory
Laser Engineered Net Shape Facility


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