Air Force Research Laboratory/Munitions Directorate Eglin Air Force Base, FL
The AFRL Munitions Directorate is the group responsible for many of the smart weapons that first became known to the general public during the first Gulf War. They have continued that work and have created weapons that might more accurately be defined as brilliant.
Focus: air launched weaponry
Location/address: 101 West D. Ave., Suite 150, Eglin Air Force Base, FL
Overview: One of 10 directorates under the Air Force Research Laboratory system, Eglin’s AFRL/Munitions Directorate is responsible for developing state-of-the-art air launched weapons to defeat fixed, mobile/relocatable, air and space targets. About 70 miles to the east is the AFRL/Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Tyndall AFB. Both welcome partners to commercialize developing technologies.
Technical expertise/research fields: a wide range of activities related to munitions development, including target recognition; ordnance technologies (high explosives, fuze, laser and fiberoptic research); advanced guidance using simulation, image and signal processing; navigation and control technologies; computational mechanics; lethality and vulnerability assessments; and flight vehicle integration. More broadly defined: aerospace; aerospace engineering; aerospace guidance; equipment performance; computational arts and programming; information technology; ordnance technologies; systems integration.
Facilities/equipment: AFRL/RW Research Facility; EO/RF/MMW Laboratory; Reusable Test Laboratory; Advanced Warhead Experimentation Facility; LADAR Development and Evaluation Research Facility; Prototype Munition Fabrication Laboratory; Kinetic Kill Vehicle Hardware-in-the- Loop Simulator; Aeroballistics Research Facility; Fuze Research and Development Facility; Electromagnetic Experimentation Laboratory; High Explosives Research and Development Facility, Advanced Navigation Laboratory; Environmental Science Laboratory; Technical Library.
Research/site/business development contact: Michael “Mickey” Duvall, chief of the business development branch Mailing address: AFRL/RWOB, 101 West D. Ave., Suite 143, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542- 6810