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Date: December 18, 2008

Picatinny hosts 2008 Type Classification and Materiel Release Awards Ceremony

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- The Picatinny chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association has been recognizing the teams of scientists and engineers from the program executive offices, project and product managers, the Armaments Research Development and Engineering Center and their industry partners for their achievements in type classifying and materiel releasing the weapon or munitions systems for 19 years.

Type classification signifies the successful transition of a weapon- and munitions-system research and development efforts into production. Materiel release indicates the item is safe, operationally suitable and logistically supportable before being issued to warfighters.

The TC/MR awards ceremony is held annually to acknowledge the teams' significant achievements that have enabled the warfighter to dominate the battlefield. During the ceremony, the teams from ARDEC, the program and project managers and industry partners each receive plaques or certificates for their achievements.

This year, the 19th Annual Type Classification and Materiel Release Awards Ceremony was held on Nov. 12 in the Lindner Conference Center here. The teams were recognized for type classifying six items and materiel releasing 26 items, which included eight full, eight urgent, four follow-on urgent, two conditional, one follow-on conditional, one training materiel releases and two hand receipt releases.

These achievements greatly contributed to the national defense in helping protect the warfighters to perform their jobs on a daily basis.

Additionally, the Picatinny chapter of the NDIA was responsible for providing the plaques and certificates.

The teams were recognized for their achievement on the following items.

Type classification-standards
»M141 Rocket and Launcher, 83 mm: High Explosive Dual Purpose, Bunker Defeat Munition: The Bunker Defeat Munition is a short-range, man-portable, shoulder-fired, single-shot, disposable, direct-fire infantry assault weapon used to destroy fortified bunkers and breach urban structures.
»BBU-35/B Impulse Cartridge - type classification and full-materiel release (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The BBU-35/B Impulse Cartridge is used to dispense the Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions consisting of the M206, M211, and M212 infrared flares, and M1/M839 chaff.

Type classification - low-rate production
»M933A1 Cartridge, 120 mm High Explosive Mortar
»XM150/XM151 Mortar Fire Control System-Dismounted: The MFCS-Dismounted system provides for the first time digital fire-control capability for dismounted 120 mm mortar applications.
»Close Combat Mission Capability Kit, which consists of the XM1041, XM1042 and XM1071 Marking Cartridges: The CCMCK will be used for close-quarter, force-on-force skill development and is intended to provide discomfort penalty awareness without creating an unreasonable hazard to the Soldier.

Full-materiel release
»M1030 12-Gage Shotgun Breaching Cartridge (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): The M1030 12 Gage Breaching Cartridge is a non-developmental item that provides the capability to Soldiers to effectively and safely breach doors with the Mossberg 500/590 shotguns.
»M313 120 mm Sub-Caliber Training Device: The M313 120 mm Sub-Caliber Training Device replaces the current M303 Sub-Caliber Mortar Insert. The M313 is a cost-effective training device for the 120 mm mortar and provides 120 mm mortar system gun crews realistic live-fire training using 81 mm mortar ammunition.
»M1002 120 mm Cartridge, Target Practice Multi-Purpose with Tracer (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): The 120 mm M1002 TPMP-T is a training cartridge for use in M1A1/M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks. The M1002 is intended to provide realistic handling characteristics to facilitate crew training, plus provide realistic flight characteristics.
»M1A3 2.5-Foot Bangalore Torpedo Demolition Kit (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The Bangalore Torpedo demolition kit is used to clear paths through barbed-wire entanglements and minefields.
»105 mm Towed Howitzer (Joint Program Management Office for the Lightweight 155 mm Howitzer): The M119A2 howitzer replaces M102 towed howitzer in the Army inventory.
»M933A1 120 mm High Explosive Mortar Cartridge (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): The 120 mm High Explosive M933A1 mortar cartridge is primarily intended for operational training use in the M120 and M121 120 mm mortar systems, and the Stryker and Future Combat System Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar Carriers, and can be used against personnel, bunker and light-materiel targets.
»M150 Rifle Combat Optic (Project Manager for Soldier Weapons): The M150 RCO enhances the current fielded capability by providing for accurate long range target engagements while not degrading the capability of short-range reflexive fire for Close Quarter Battle applications and provides the capability for rapid transition between CQB and long-range engagements.

Urgent-materiel release
»M72A7 Light Anti-Armor Weapon (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The 66 mm rocket, M72A7 Light Anti-Armor Weapon is a light-weight, unguided rocket with an anti-armor warhead packaged in a one-shot disposable launch tube.
»Bloodhound System and Additional Magnetometers (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): Bloodhound is commercial-off-the-shelf detection equipment with modified software to detect items of interest.
»M229 Rocket, 2.75 inch, High Explosive Warhead (Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office): This is an enlarged 17-pound warhead for the 2.75-inch rocket system.
»XM32, Abrams Reactive Armor Tiles II (Project Manager for Heavy Brigade Combat Team): The XM32 ARAT II is a new explosive-reactive armor tile that offers enhanced protection to the Abrams Tank system hull.
»Brigade Combat Team Non Lethal Capabilities Set (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The NLCS consists of categories of items which include counter-personnel systems, counter-material systems, protective equipment, enhancement devices and training device and allocations. The NLCS is designed, and primarily employed, to incapacitate personnel or material while minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to personnel and undesired damage to property and the environment.
»XM153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station II (Project Manager for Soldier Weapons): The CROWS, XM153 is a gunner-operated system that provides the capability to remotely aim and fire a suite of crew-served weapons. These urgent-materiel-release actions are for the mounting and configuration of the XM153 system to the RG-31 M5 and Buffalo A1 vehicles.
»M1155A1 Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setter
»Self Protection Adaptive Roller Kit (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The SPARK systems defeat improvised explosive devices. They are fielded in different configurations. Each roller bank of wheels on the system can rotate 360 degrees, and the suspension allows coverage in various road conditions.
»Rhino Improvised-Explosive-Device-Defeat System (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The Rhino is a system offering improvised-explosive-device defeat capability.

Follow-on urgent-materiel release
»Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight with laser filter unit and anti-reflective device (Project Manager for Soldier Weapons): The ACOG has a red chevron reticle that provides maximum eye latitude behind the scope for easier target acquisition. Although primarily designed for use during the day, the ACOG has a tritium illuminated reticle for night and low-light use. The ACOG with a laser filter unit and anti-reflective device is designed for use on the M-4 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.
»XM982 Excalibur Block Ia-1 Projectile (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): Excalibur is a global-positioning-system, inertially-guided 155 mm cannon-launched projectile. It is a fire-and-forget fin-stabilized munition that takes in target data and guides to that point autonomously.
»M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (Project Manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team): The Stryker Mobile Gun System, on a modified infantry carrier vehicle chassis, incorporates an M68A1E8 105 mm cannon mounted in an armored turret pod. The turret can be traversed 360 degrees and the cannon is loaded automatically using an internal ammunition handling system.
»XM152 Portable Excalibur Fire Control System version 2.0 (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): The Portable Excalibur Fire Control System is a compact fire-control system that provides the Paladin M109A6 self-propelled howitzer gun crew with the capability to set the XM982 Excalibur 155 mm projectile for firing. »FN303 Less Lethal Launcher and associated equipment (Project Manager for Close Combat Systems): The FN303 Less Lethal Launcher System is a compressed-air-powered, semi-automatic launcher.

Training materiel release
»M1135 Stryker Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (Project Manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team): The NBCRV is a configuration of the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle and has similar survivability, mobility, communication, lethality and transportability characteristics as the base ICV. The NBCRV is equipped with armor protection and a fully instrumented sensor suite for the detection of nuclear, biological and chemical agents.

Hand receipt release
»Full-Spectrum Effects Package mission-equipment package for the M1126 Stryker vehicle (Project Manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team): The Full Spectrum Effects Package Mission Equipment Package is integrated in an infantry carrier vehicle M1126 Stryker.
»Rattlesnake (Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center): The Rattlesnake request was to develop a novel, unattended ground-sensor system to address and defeat improvised-explosive-device threats.

Conditional release
»Stryker Reactive Armor Tiles (Project Manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team): The M20-M31 Stryker Reactive Armor Tiles is a reactive armor kit consisting of explosive reactive armor tiles and passive tiles. The SRAT is designed to react to munitions to prevent penetration of the vehicle thus protecting its occupants.

Follow-on conditional release
»M1155A1 Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setter (Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems): The M1155A1 Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setter is a pre-planned product improvement to the M1155 PIAFS.