Ballistics Sciences Opportunities

Advanced Lethality

Prior ARL research has developed new mechanisms that have enable defeat of ceramic targets while maintaining capability against the full array of battlefield targets.  This effort builds on these types of mechanisms by increasing the efficiency by


This research supports the LRDCE ERP by traditional chemistry techniques along with recent advancements in continuous-flow chemistry in order to discover and scale up energetic materials for experimentation.  Novel materials will be tested for exp


This effort will coordinate and establish design requirements with CONVERGE Autonomy/Robotics team, for gun launched UAVs with multifunctional warheads.  Investigate multifunctional warhead designs for integration in gun launched UAVs and evaluate

Explosive Modeling

The purpose of this research is to enable modeling and simulation capabilities for a priori characterization and screening of high-performing energetic structures without requiring extensive experimentation and testing.  Through a multiscale appro

Extended Solids

The purpose of this research is to explore potential disruptive materials synthesized through mechanochemical and other exotic synthesis techniques that could provide a pathway to achieve the goals of enhanced lethality and range leading to domina


In the absence of GPS, alternative technologies and algorithms are needed to provide vehicle state awareness: position, attitude, and rates of motion.

Omnisonic Mechanics

This research is to increase the understanding of the highly nonlinear and unsteady flow physics associated with complex, precision munitions as they maneuver through the atmosphere at subsonic through hypersonic speeds; and determine how best to

Penetrator Technologies

This effort designs and validates preferred options for novel lethal mechanism technologies to reduce energy/mass required to defeat emerging armor threats and provide multipurpose capabilities for revolutionary capability to include defeat of Tie

Propulsion Modeling

This research supports the LRDCE ERP through predictive multiphase, physics-based models of ignition and combustion of energetic propellants for a range of ignition energy sources in configurations that have not yet been tested.  Through atomistic

Scalable Lethality

In support of the LRDCE ERP, the Army needs weapons systems to enable the soldier to defeat complex targets precisely with minimum collateral damage or logistical concerns, regardless of the battlefield scenario.  Research in this new class of wea

Solid Fuel Ramjet

This research supports the LRDCE ERP through the development of validated models of solid fuel ramjet (SFRJ) combustion behavior.  Current SFRJ development is performed through a “cut and shoot” Edisonian process with no full chemical kinetics mod

Swarming Behaviors

Swarming behaviors is focused on developing algorithms for distributed unanchored (relative) localization based on inter-agent RF ranging and angle of arrival (AoA)/ pointing measurements.  Of particular interest are faster non-iterative schemes b

Warhead Mechanisms

Critical needs for warhead mechanisms are new advances in liner and energetic materials that will enable energy-efficient concepts to defeat specific threats – either by increasing the ductility and density of liner materials or producing high-str