Facilities - Assessment and Analysis

Air Defense Electronic Warfare Facility (WSMR)

This facility provides quick-reaction capability for the implementation of electronic warfare techniques and addresses all elements of the electronic warfare threat required for the vulnerability assessment process. The facility provides a wide variety of research and development electronic countermeasure (ECM) devices and special purpose equipment that supports Army air defense electronic warfare vulnerability investigations.

Airbase Experimental Facility 6/7 (APG)

AB6/7 is a modern complex providing analysts, program managers, and decision makers with experimental data that address: (1) the survivability of air and ground combat systems and (2) weapon effects against urban materials. Researchers conduct experimental programs on U.S. and foreign weapon systems, ranging from single component experimentation to fully operational system level tests, that emphasize designing systems for vulnerability reduction and developing vulnerability/lethality model improvements. In 2010, the facility expanded with the addition of a new firing location, the Rotorcraft Survivability Assessment Facility (RSAF). The RSAF provides a complement of ballistic vulnerability services to include support of advanced system development, quick response to the evaluation of new threats, and execution of Congressionally-mandated live-fire test and evaluation programs.

Communication Systems Analysis Laboratory (APG)

CSAL conducts electronic warfare investigations of radio frequency communication systems with respect to current and emerging electronic warfare threats. CSAL uses the Communication Electronic Warfare Instrumentation System (CEWIS) tool to determine electronic warfare susceptibilities and the Network Connectivity Analysis Model (NCAM) to generate electronic warfare vulnerability projections

Computer Network Operations Facility (WSMR)

The Computer Network Operations Facility supports computer network operations vulnerability/survivability assessments of information technology components in U.S.Army item level and weapon systems platforms. Researchers conduct laboratory investigations on systems to identify cyber susceptibilities/vulnerabilities. The facility can be configured to support several different network topologies and configurations with CISCO routers, switches, and hubs.

Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility (WSMR)

Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility (EMVAF) capabilities allow controlled electromagnetic measurements supporting test and evaluation (T&E) and science and technology (S&T) tests as well as experimentation and analysis events. In addition, the facility addresses ARL’s primary mission of vulnerability assessment in the areas of electronic warfare, radiofrequency directed energy, computer network operations, and counter-improvised explosive devices (IED). The facility is electromagnetically shielded, providing over 100 decibels isolation for its two anechoic chambers. The large chamber is designed with multiple access doors, which includes a door that is larger than the cargo doors on a C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft.

Electronic Warfare Signature Measurement Facility (WSMR)

The Electronic Warfare Signature Measurement Facility contains specialized mobile spectral, radiometric, and imaging measurement systems to characterize ultraviolet, visual, near-infrared (IR), mid-IR, and far-IR static and dynamic targets and electronic warfare (EW) countermeasures in the environments where they operate. The facility provides measured EW environments for weapons field experiments. Results are used in EW simulations, signature modeling validation, and EW analysis.

Electro-Optical Vulnerability Analysis Facility (WSMR)

The Electro-Optical Vulnerability Analysis Facility (EOVAF) possesses theoretical, laboratory, and field capabilities for performing optical cross-section; laser jamming and damage; and optical performance characterizations of optical/electro-optical (O/EO) devices used by weapons systems. Laboratory analyses are performed in the visible, near-infrared (IR), mid-IR, and far-IR regions. The EOVAF includes instrumented laser range and mobile equipment for performing maximum optical detection range and laser jamming susceptibility measurements.

Experimental Facility 10 (APG)

EF10 provides quick response experimentation to enhance understanding of battlefield events. Researchers emphasize reverse engineering; re-creation of threat-on-target scenarios; and identifying the specific causes of Soldier injuries. Dynamic firing of a full spectrum of small and medium caliber munitions, as well as static detonation of warheads and explosive charges, occurs at both and outdoor locations. Recent significant upgrades to this facility are a result of ARL and DoD Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat program investments.

Gigahertz Transverse Electromagnetic Cell (ALC)

The GTEM cell tests electromagnetic susceptibility and radiated-emissions. High voltage radiofrequency (RF) signals are fed to the cell, and these signals are converted to strong, highly polarized electric and magnetic fields within its walls. Researchers place radar targets inside the cell to study how the targets react to strong fields. Cell geometry enables measurements up to approximately 20 GHz and prevents interference from the ambient electromagnetic environment.

High Temperature Power Electronics Facility (ALC)

The High Temperature Power Electronics Facility stresses silicon carbide (SiC) devices under application-specific (inductive motor load) circuit stresses at case temperatures from -20 to +220 degrees Celsius. High temperature devices, including wafer level I-V, C-V, and G-V, are characterized up to 450 degrees Celsius.

High-G Thermal Characterization Centrifuge (ALC)

High-G testing of thermal components enables improved understanding of operating behavior under military-relevant environments. The High-G Thermal Characterization Centrifuge supports the development and testing of advanced electronic packaging and thermal management technology by characterizing heat sinks, cold plates, heat pipes, and other electronics thermofluidic components while subjecting them to continuous accelerations of up to 20 G. The rotary test stand is equipped with fluidic interconnects for liquid cooling; electrical interconnects for power delivery and data acquisition; and onboard diagnostics. The test section can be custom configured for arbitrary test pieces, thermal components, or assemblies.

Laser Standoff Laboratory Facility (APG)

The Laser Standoff Laboratory Facility provides unique capabilities for testing laser-based technologies that are not yet ready for the rigors of outdoor testing environments. This facility features 71 meters line-of-sight; full laser safety interlocks; small quantity explosives certification; and a variety of support equipment including lasers, spectrometers, and optics.

Missile Electro-Optical Countermeasures Simulation Laboratory (WSMR)

This laboratory comprises several hardware-in-the-loop missile flight simulations designed specifically to evaluate the effectiveness of electro-optical air defense missile systems in a countermeasure environment. Real-time simulations include major portions of actual missile guidance and control hardware with imbedded software in the simulation loops. The primary output is miss-distance at the point of closest approach to the target. Miss-distance information provides a criterion from which the overall effectiveness of a countermeasures technique is assessed. Using a digital endgame model, further processing of the miss-distance yields the probability of hit or missile lethality against specific threat aircraft.

Munitions Survivability Facility (APG)

This complex conducts large-scale explosive experiments such as investigating the survivability of ammunition compartments during chemical-energy munitions detonation events and using a ballistic pendulum to evaluate sympathetic detonation of gun propellant and its response to kinetic-energy and chemical-energy munitions.

Portable Atmospheric Characterization Facility (WSMR)

The Portable Atmospheric Characterization Facility includes theoretical, laboratory, and field capabilities for analysis of a wide variety of optical and electro-optical (O/EO) devices. The facility provides critical atmospheric data for effective determination of the performance characteristics and vulnerabilities of active and passive O/EO systems over complex terrain in the atmospheric boundary layer. Well characterized turbulence and meteorological conditions assist the evaluation of optical turbulence mitigation technologies in this environment.

Test Environmental Certification Complex (WSMR)

The Test Environmental Certification Complex (TECC) is a computer-controlled receiving and analysis facility associated with air defense systems. The TECC consists of a narrow-beam steerable antenna system, multiple radio frequency receivers, and hardware and software analysis systems.

Ultra-Wideband Synthetic Aperture Radar Test Bed (ALC)

The mobile Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Synthetic Aperture Radar Test Bed supports vehicle-mounted, ground penetrating radar technology development for land mine and improvised explosive device (IED) detection applications. The UWB radar incorporates a physical array two meters wide with forward motion to produce a rich 2D aperture that supports advanced signal and image processing. The test bed focuses on developing high definition radar imagery to Enable standoff detection of buried and concealed targets.

Underbody Explosive Research Facilities (APG)

UbER is a suite of experimental facilities with specialized fixtures for researching buried blast events. The facilities include the Sandbox fixture at EF15, Blast Accelerative Loading Fixture (BALF) at Bear Point, the Vertical Impulse Measurement Fixture (VIMF) at EF12A, and the Berm at EF12. Researchers at these facilities execute studies at multiple scales to determine the effects of the many variables involved in underbody blast events. The most recent addition to this experimental suite, the BALF, simulates vehicular occupant response to buried blast loading.

X-Ray Effects Laboratory (ALC)

The X-ray Effects Laboratory conducts non-destructive testing of devices and components and research into ultra-energetic materials using high energy photons. Several MeV-class linear accelerators provide the photons, while a broad range of dosimeters and radiation detection instrumentation characterizes the exposures and effects on materials.