Camden, AR

A Higher Standard for Defense Sector Testing

Element U.S. Space & Defense’s National Ordnance and Ballistic Test Center is a massive facility that’s equipped to safely conduct a wide array of severe tests on weapon systems, ordnance, rocket motors, hazardous materials, and commercial products. In fact, our facility which is located in Camden, AR, is one of the most complete ordnance test facilities in the country—and it’s designed to meet the manufacturing and testing needs of the weapons industry now and into the future.

  • Ordnance
  • Ballistics
  • Environmental
  • Dynamics
  • Fluids

  • Explosives
  • Pyrotechnic

A Robust Defense and Ordnance Test Facility

This multidisciplinary test facility provides safe, cost-effective, and rapid response testing of ordnance, munitions, and hazardous materials—including climatic and dynamics testing, functional trials, and live firings. The facility features:

  • 3,000-Meter Large Caliber Range
  • Instrumented Small, Medium, and Large Caliber Ranges
  • Large Concrete Earth-covered Magazines (ECMs) for Storage of Ordnance and Energetics
  • 35,000 Square Feet of Digitally Controlled Environmental Buildings
  • Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual (JMEM) Arena Testing for Warheads and Weapons
  • Shoulder Fired Weapons Testing
  • Ballistic Limit (V50) of Materials and Projectiles
  • Complete MIL-STD-2105E Insensitive Munitions Testing
  • Single MIL-STD-2105E Fragment Impact Testing
    • External Fire, Fast and Slow Cook-Off Testing
  • Hazardous Vibration Test to 64,000 Force Pounds
  • External Fire, Fast and Slow Cook-Off Testing
  • Bullet Impact Testing with Small and Medium Caliber Ammunition
  • MIL-DTL-901E Lightweight Shipboard Shock
  • 40ft Drop Tower Facility
  • Complete Environmental, Dynamics, and Shock Facility
  • 49CFR Compliance for Shipping Hazardous Materials
  • Lithium Battery Performance and Safety Testing
  • Handle and Store Explosives, Propellants, and Ordnance Class 1, Divisions 1.1-1.6

Warhead Arena Testing

As part of our defense Group, our Camden facility supports a wide range of military systems arena testing, including Javelin, Claymore Mine, Hydra, and more. With decades of experience conducting destructive testing for defense industry developers, we also provide armor manufacturers with valuable mine blast and IED testing services to aid them in assessing the performance of currently used—as well as new—armor designs. The test facility can even perform warhead arena tests FM 101-51-3 and IAW ITOP 4-2-813 with high-speed video monitoring systems capable of recording 100,000 frames per second. In addition, our arena testing ranges can be tailored to meet a number of specialized needs, including aircraft components, military vehicles, armor materials, and more.

Shoulder-Fired Rocket Range

In order to meet the applicable MIL-STD and defense industry standards — such as MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-2105 — we offer all requisite testing on our secure rocket range. Our rocket range capabilities include the following:

  • 350m Range
  • Target Effects
  • Fire-from-Enclosure
  • Low and High Velocity Grenades
  • SMAW
  • M72
  • Accuracy/Dispersion
  • Meteorological Data

Explosives, Propellants, and Ordnance Class

At our Camden facility, we have dozens of earth-covered Class 1.1 rated AA&E storage magazines with loading dock access and the capacity to store 60,000 pounds of Class 1.1 ordinance. In addition, we maintain all necessary licenses and permits to handle and store energetic defense products, including both ATF Type 33 and Type 10 Licenses. Plus, we are both ISO/IEC 17025 and DoD 4145.26M compliant.

Complete MIL-STD-2105E Insensitive Munitions Testing

We offer a complete spectrum of munitions testing—from multiple caliber bullet impacts to transportation vibration—for MIL-STD-2105E insensitive munitions testing.

The facility is fully ITAR-registered and capable of safety and insensitive munitions testing to meet IAW MIL-STD-2105E and NATO STANAGS standards.

Full Environmental, Dynamics, and Shock Facility

We are fully prepared to simulate the real-world conditions that your products—including munitions—will meet once in use. Environmental, dynamics and shock testing are typical prerequisites for MIL-STD compliance and other regulations to which military and public service contractors are expected to adhere. The facility can simulate any condition on earth, including the following:

  • Vibration
  • Shock
  • Temperature
  • Acceleration
  • Altitude
  • Fire
  • Icing
  • Pyrotechnic Shock
  • Salt Spray/Fog
  • Sand & Dust
  • Humidity
  • Wind
  • Rain

The facility is fully ITAR-registered and capable of safety and insensitive munitions testing to meet IAW MIL-STD-2105E and NATO STANAGS standards.