Indoor Firing Capability Established at EF10
September 14, 2009
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD) participated in the official establishment of indoor firing capability at Experimental Facility 10 (EF10), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. on May 26, 2009.
EF10, one of three SLAD experimental facilities located at APG, supports quick response experimentation in understanding battlefield events. Because of the refurbishment, it now has the capability of executing both indoor and outdoor small to medium caliber kinetic energy penetrator firings. Other capabilities include outdoor explosive operations for shaped charge jet, explosively formed penetrator, and bare explosive experimentation.
The new capability was the result of a partnership between ARL and the Medical Research and Materiel Command, which established the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) program. Funding was provided by both ARL and JTAPIC.
A significant portion of the work done at EF10 will support JTAPIC, which links DoD communities together to share and analyze data in order to provide actionable information to improve Warfighter survivability. Even prior to the ceremony, EF10's outdoor facilities had been used to support urgent JTAPIC experiments.
The EF10 ribbon cut ceremony was hosted by SLAD's System Engineering & Experimentation Branch (SEEB) and the Warfighter Survivability Branch (WSB). Lt. Col. Kelly Halverson, the outgoing program manager of Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat, was guest of honor during the festivities.
"In today's environment senior leadership wants answers to events now," said Halverson. "Having EF10 on-line will help provide timeliness to those requests."
Other prominent attendees at the event were incoming program manager Lt. Col. Mark Dick; Dr. Paul Tanenbaum, SLAD director; Robert Bowen, SLAD division chief; Rick Grote, SEEB branch chief; and Lisa Roach, WSB branch chief.
EF10 will focus on the current and future demand for SLAD's technical expertise and experimentation support of personnel protective equipment to compliment the current workload of Experimental Facility 20.
The facility is located on the east leg of Spesutie Island, encompassing approximately 25 acres. It is staffed by two government engineering technicians and three contractor support technicians