The Warheads Test Branch capabilities include but are not limited to a wide range of technical tests, insensitive munitions tests, specialized one-of-a-kind tests, and special studies pertaining to explosive safety hazards. The Branch also has extensive expertise in the areas of explosive materials behavior; shaped charge, acoustics and pressure measurements, fuzing, safety and arming devices, conventional and self-destruct submunition technology, and environmental impact concerns and special studies.
The majority of the test and evaluation effort is geared toward determining the safety, functional reliability, and performance characteristics of warhead sections and their associated components for a variety of systems. The types of tests and operations conducted by the Branch include impact area data collection operations, safe and arm device centrifuge certification tests, high-explosive detonations, bullet impact, conflagration, 40-foot D;rop tests, sympathetic detonation, slow and fast cook-off, arena and other specialized tests related to safety testing. The Branch also conducts diagnostic testing which includes explosive train propagation, downloading of warheads and explosives, remote control cutting and steaming of explosive components, and assembly/disassembly checkouts of warhead sections and their associated components.
The Warheads Test Branch is organized into three separate operating sections: