Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract to perform engineering assessments and research and analysis on the US Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center's (ARDEC) existing and future weapon systems.
Work carried out under the $21.3m contract will provide ARDEC directorates a method to quickly obtain support to address full range of system lifecycle engineering requirements for munitions and armament systems.
The company will evaluate a broad spectrum of armament systems, munitions, ancillary equipment and enabling technologies during design, development and production phases of the engineering lifecycle.
Specifically, Alion engineers and analysts will provide technical systems research and development, engineering, evaluation and programme and acquisition planning and management, in support of improvised explosive device (IED) neutralisation, green ammunition, as well as ammunition production and safety.
Alion Technology solutions group senior vice-president and manager Chris Amos said threats to US soldiers are constantly evolving, and hence staying ahead of that trend is crucial to providing them the means to complete their missions while increasing their survivability.
''Alion's strengths in engineering and weapon systems analysis and development mean we can help the army enhance their ability to deploy the latest technologies faster and more efficiently,'' Amos said.
Awarded under the Defense Technical Information Center's (DTIC) Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC) contract vehicle, the task order has a period of performance through May 2015.
Headquartered in Picatinny, New Jersey, US, the ARDEC serves as the army's principal researcher, developer and sustainer of current and future armament and munitions systems.
Apart from smart munitions, indirect fire armament system, direct fire armament systems and soldier weapons, the centre also focuses on mines and demolitions, energetics, guidance, navigation and control, fusing and lethal mechanisms, fire control, munitions survivability, directed energy weapons and pollution prevention.