REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Contract specialist interns with the Army Contracting Command attended a Javelin Stockpile Reliability Program test, as well as observed a static display of an inert Javelin inside the launch tube, at Redstone Test Center's Test Area 1 March 5.

"As contracting interns, we rarely have an opportunity to see the items we purchase on a daily basis," said Rachel Grimes, contract specialist. "Being somewhat detached from the soldiers we support makes it difficult to understand what they need, how they need it, and why. Seeing first-hand the direct relationship between our soldiers and the technologically advanced equipment that we procure daily brings great respect and honor to our Army mission."

Javelin rounds from the tactical inventory are routinely tested by the Close Combat Weapon Systems Project Office at RTC to ensure they are safe and reliable for combat use. RTC conducts testing of 16 Javelin SRP live fire tests annually at Test Area 1 and tests components of 12 Javelin SRP rounds annually. Depending on the model of Javelin, the shelf life has been extended from 10 to 18 years through the SRP.

CCWS and RTC also hosted newly trained Javelin gunners from the 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg, N.C., to participate in the firings.

Redstone Test Center, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, is the Army's premier tester of small rockets, missiles, aviation and sensor systems, subsystems and components.