Wesley Wang | US Army Armaments


We lead the 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.


The U.S. Army has long given the Armaments Center the immense responsibility of being its primary research and development center for new and existing armament systems, which are used by U.S. service members around the world. We partner with a wide variety of organizations, including industry, academia and other government agencies to accelerate the development and transition of new technologies for the Warfighter.

  • We are the center of mass for armament systems and munitions for joint services
  • We provide the technology for over 90% of the Army’s lethality, with a focus on advanced weapons, ammunition, and fire control systems
  • We are organized around core competencies to rapidly respond to warfighter needs with an enterprise approach
  • We recruit, develop and retain our workforce, while also addressing current and changing warfighter needs with an eye towards future technology advancements
  • We continually modernize our laboratories and facilities to address current and future R&D needs and capabilities
  • We have an established track record of transitioning technologies to the field

The Armaments Center has more than 3,200 civilian engineers, scientists and support personnel. We encourage life-long learning, as well as nurture professional partnerships and collaborative efforts that support our mission. The Armaments Center is home to the first-of-its-kind school that offers graduate degrees in armaments engineering. Our workforce leads the way in engineering, science, quality, innovation, expertise and problem solving in the areas of ammunition, weapons, fire control and associated items. Members of our organization were recognized in 399 U.S. patents from 2010-2019. On average, they submit 100 technical papers each year for trade shows and peer-reviewed journals.


A strategic objective of the Armaments Center is to establish and leverage partnerships with industry, academic institutions, and other government organizations that support our mission for the warfighter, as well as national goals of transferring the results of Federal R&D investment to the industrial base. We have more than 120 active Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), most with defense suppliers. The Armaments Center excels in Software and Sustainment Engineering and is the only Government Organization to attain CMMI Level 5 certification continuously for over a decade. CRADAs and other non-contractual mechanisms are valuable tools used by Armaments Center for accelerating the transition of technology innovation at all stages of the Defense Acquisition Life Cycle. The Armaments Center has more than 100 laboratory and testing facilities available for industry use, as well as the authority to sell certain testing and engineering services.


  • Lethality
  • Integrated, Multi-Mission Armament Systems
  • Smart Sights
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Battlefield Digitization & Software
  • Precision Armaments
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Networked Lethality
  • Defense Against Unmanned Systems 
  • Counter Terrorism Technologies
  • Homeland Defense Technologies
  • Advanced Materials / Nanotechnologies
  • Novel Power & Energy Systems for Weapons & Munitions
  • Armaments Manufacturing Science Technologies
  • Reliability & Predictability Technology
  • Modeling & Simulation of Armament Systems
  • Integrated Armaments Systems
  • Advanced Energetics & Warheads
  • Remote Weapons
  • Armament Software & Sustainment Engineering Technologies
  • Ammo Logistics System Technologies


Long Range Precision Fires:

  • Extended Range Cannon Artillery
  • Extended Range Artillery Munitions Suites
  • Affordable Precision Technologies
  • Precision at Range Technologies

Next Generation Combat Vehicle:

  • Advance Lethality and Accuracy System for Medium Caliber
  • Extended Line of Sight

Soldier Lethality:

  • Next Generation Squad Weapon Technologies and Ammunition
  • Next Generation Carbine Technologies
  • Fire Control Technologies

Future Vertical Lift:

  • Advanced Rotorcraft Armaments Protection System

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