In 1969, NATC established its first intermediate firing range. Since that time, NATC has tested a wide range of small to intermediate caliber munitions and delivery systems. NATC's experience in total system evaluation of both wheeled and tracked combat vehicles includes weapons firing through 122 mm and TOW missiles. NATC has logged more than 45 million vehicle test miles, fired over 50,000 rounds of ammunition larger than 20 mm, tested in excess of 35 different weapon systems and evaluated over 1,000 different vehicle systems.
NATC’s current weapons and explosive testing capabilities include the following:
- 200-meter Small bore range, up to .50 caliber
- 1800-meter Large bore range, up to 105 mm, with stationary/stationary, stationary/moving, moving/stationary, and moving/moving target engagement
- Remington 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223) Model 700 PSS bolt-action target rifle with 4-12x40 scope
- Remington 7.62 x 51 NATO (.308) Model 700 PSS bolt-action target rifle with 4-12x40 scope
- Remington 300 Win. Mag. Model 700 PSS bolt-action target rifle with 4-12x 40 scope
- Armalite .50 caliber, bolt-action target rifle with 4-12x40 scope
- M2HB, .50 caliber machine gun
- M1A1 Springfield, 7.62 x 51 NATO semi-automatic with 3-9x40 scope
- Oehler Model 83 Proof Chronograph
- Redlake high speed film camera
- Capability to control ammunition velocity and accuracy with on-site ammunition reloading capability for 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223), 7.62 x 51 NATO (.308), Winchester 300 magnum, and .50 BMG (plus other cartridges as required based on project requirements).
- Armor panel test fixture with obliquity control up to 60 degrees, panel size up to 24”x 24” x 3” thick. This fixture can be modified as required for specific test requirements.
- Federal Explosives permit for the use and storage of ammunition and high explosives.
- Government approved Standard Operating Procedure for storage and handling of ammunition and explosives.
- Two magazines rated at storing 1,000 pounds Net Explosive Weight (NEW) of ammunition and explosives each
- Blasting cap magazine with rated storage capacity of 500 blasting caps
- Federal Firearms License (FFL), Type 33
- Vision Research Phantom v7.3 monochrome high speed camera with 16bit imaging up to 250,000 fps; shutter speed to 1 micro second; 4GB internal ram
- Powder breech ballistic test system with electronic firing mechanism and interchangeable barrels for 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, .30 cal, 12.7 mm, .50 cal, 14.5 mm, 20 mm and 30 mm projectiles and FSP
NATC’s indoor ballistic test range utilizes fixed powder breech weapon stations with interchangeable barrels capable of firing a variety of calibers and projectiles from 5.56 mm to 30 mm, including 20mm FSP above 5,000 fps. A proof chronograph velocity measurement system is installed for measuring and recording projectile velocities. An adjustable target holder can accommodatetest panels up to 48” x 48” and allows for ease of adjustment in the vertical, lateral and angular directions. This entire test range setup is housed in fixed steel structures to provide security and protection from the elements. The weapons are remotely triggered from the safety of a nearby range control room which also houses the chronograph control and display computer.An adjacent reloading room allows propellant charges to be immediately prepared for each shot to obtain the desired impact velocity.
All tests generally follows the operating procedures specified in AEP-55 Vol.1 and TOP 2-2-710, but detailed test procedures are established for each test based on the specific objectives of the project.
( Range Test Setup )
( Overview of Indoor Range )
( Weapon Stations )
( Chronograph Fixture )
( High Speed Images of Ballstic Impact on Transparent Armor )