The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is constructing state-of-the-art facilities to ensure our war winning capabilities today and well into the future. On March 15, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $75M MILCON contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for the construction of the Advanced Munitions Technology Complex (AMTC). The AMTC provides new test capability and will modernize much of the outdated 1960s infrastructure by providing state-of-the-art facilities that enable safe and efficient munitions research. AFRL designed the AMTC as a modern, collaborative research space that gives scientist and engineers the ability to experiment with new explosive materials and integrate them into complex munition designs much more efficiently.
The AMTC will enable ordnance technologies to be integrated in ways they haven’t been before. For the first time, an entire ordnance system, which includes the warhead case, energetic materials and a fuze, will be developed simultaneously, allowing scientist and engineers to understand how each technology enhances the other. This concept maximizes the synergy between all the munition components and opens up the trade space for novel ordnance designs that will increase munition precision and tailorable effects. This new generation of munitions will give the warfighter the ability to match the desired effect to a specific target, while minimizing collateral damage.
New technologies developed at the AMTC promise to reduce the size of munitions without sacrificing weapon effects. These lighter munitions will allow next generation of aircraft, such as F-35 to carry more weapons, while giving the warfighter the ability to prosecute more targets with greater flexibility per sortie. Finally, the AMTC is a unique facility that enables multi-disciplinary research that improves collaborative technology development opportunities. The AMTC is truly a national asset that will enhance our nation’s ability to fight and win a war against any technologically advanced adversary.