USAF to receive new munitions research complex
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has broken ground on a new $75 million Advanced Munitions Technology Complex (AMTC) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The new 52,625 sq ft complex will be a modern, collaborative research space providing scientists and engineers the ability to experiment with new explosive materials and integrate them into complex munition designs.
Technologies developed at the new AMTC will aim to reduce the size of munitions without compromising weapon effects. The lighter munitions will allow next generation aircraft, such as the F-22 and F-35, to carry more weapons in order to increase mission effectiveness.
The facility will allow the AFRL to develop an entire ordnance system simultaneously for the first time. Currently, ordnance systems are developed as individual components. Integrating the process will allow scientists and engineers to understand how each technology enhances the other, resulting in increased precision delivery while minimising collateral damage.
The facility is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
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