Weapons Systems

Any integrated system, usually computerized, for the control and operation of weapons; this includes strategic and tactical, offensive, and defensive weapons.

Recent Inquiries

What information exists on using thermate grenades underwater against mines or limpets?

What information exists on using thermate grenades underwater against mines or limpets?

FATEPEN Shatter Phenomenon and the Effects of Fragment Shape on Impact Failure

Is there public information supporting shatter phenomenon that can be observed in Fast Air Target Penetration algorithm simulations?

Has any high-energy laser testing been conducted on flare buckets on aircraft?

Has any high-energy laser testing been conducted on flare buckets on aircraft?


A Surrogate Model to Quantify Uncertainty in Thermal Protection Systems for Hypersonic Weapons

Modeling and simulation are key for the iterative development of thermal protection systems (TPS’s) for hypersonic weapons. In this work, the temperature-dependent flexural strength (FS) of α-SiC ceramic is predicted given Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, and temperature. An artificial neural network (ANN) surrogate model is created to retain property-performance prediction while increasing computation speed.

U.S. Department of Defense to Expand Manufacturing of Printed Circuit Board Assemblies for Hypersonic Weapons

The U.S. Department of Defense announced an award of $11.7 million via the Defense Production Act Investment (DPAI) Program to Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense (EBAD) that will provide additional printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) production…

U.S. Army weapons testing in Alaska

Next Generation Squad Weapon Tested at Army’s Cold Regions Test Center

FORT GREELY, Alaska — It is vital that military equipment work wherever in the world American Soldiers need it, and extreme cold is a weather condition troops have had to contend with frequently in American…


MBSE 2.0: A Modern Approach for Constructing System Architecture Models

A core challenge in modern systems engineering is in applying digital engineering (DE) to programs in support of systems engineering activities. Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) focuses on the formal application of models to support the…

ARL's Transonic Experimental Facility

ARL Hypervelocity Ballistic Range Experiments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) Transonic Experimental Facility (TEF) is an all-purpose research firing range that has been used to investigate propulsion, materials, flight, guidance, and terminal effects across a spectrum of launch (mechanical)…

Expanding Release Envelopes Into the Supersonic Regime via CFD-Driven Analysis

The Air Force Seek Eagle Office (AFSEO) is dedicated to store-aircraft compatibility and responsible for recommending release envelope limits that permit safe and acceptable store separation, thus delivering new capabilities to the Warfighter. The term…


Three military personnel initiate a detonation process.

17th International Detonation Symposium

The International Detonation Symposium started in 1951 and was originally a Navy-sponsored discussion of about 17 papers. In subsequent years, it has been sponsored by both DoD and DOE labs and has grown to over…

AIAA’s 2024 Defense Forum

AIAA DEFENSE Forum is a Secret/NOFORN event providing a venue for leaders from government, military, industry, and academia to advance and accelerate innovation. The 2024 forum, to be held 16–18 April at the Johns Hopkins…

Missile being launched vertically from the back of a military vehicle.

2024 Missile Defense Conference

Produced in partnership the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the 2024 Missile Defense Conference is a nationally-focused classified annual gathering of prominent policymakers, military leaders, experts, and industry professionals focused on the critical issue of missile…