U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground has decades of experience testing fuzes for the Army and Marine Corps, and in some special cases for the Air Force as well.  In this test, a fuzed round is shot through a specially constructed plate steel target, as seen here. Air Force fuzes have thicker shells to protect their intricate internal workings during a pulverizing high speed impact with a hardened target.

Air Force tests howitzer fuze at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Fuzes are vitally important to artillery-- they not only trigger the round's detonation, but also have safety features to prevent a shell from exploding while being handled prior to firing, or from detonating too soon. U.S. Army Yuma Proving......READ MORE


Mission Statement:
ATEC plans, integrates, and conducts experiments, developmental testing, independent operational testing, and independent evaluations and assessments to provide essential information to acquisition decision makers and commanders.

Vision Statement:
Determine the true capability provided to our Soldiers through resource informed developmental, integrated and operational test and evaluation in an independent and objective manner.

Commanding General

"People are ATEC's greatest asset, and command could not accomplish its' mission without them. Conducting more than 1,000 tests a day, our talented and diverse workforce of Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians comprised of test officers, engineers, scientists, technicians, researchers, and evaluators use proven and innovative test and evaluation processes at their respective test centers or other locations around the world. Truth in Testing!"

Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley Commanding General, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command

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