Camden, Arkansas

Highland Industrial Park | HWY 274, BLDG K5,
Camden, AR 71701
T: 870.574.0031 | F: 870.574.0037
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National Ordnance and Ballistic Test Center

Facility Highlights

  • Small, medium, and large caliber ranges
  • Arena testing
  • MIL-STD-2105 Insensitive Munitions Testing
  • Complete Environmental, Dynamics and Shock Facility

NTS owns and operates the National Ordnance and Ballistic Test Center in Camden, Arkansas. Established within the original 68,000-acre Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot and a portion of Highland Industrial Park, the complex is equipped to safely conduct a wide array of severe and dangerous tests on weapon systems, ordnance, rocket motors, hazardous materials and commercial products. NTS Camden is one of the most complete ordnance test facilities in the country and was developed to satisfy the weapons industry’s manufacturing and testing needs well into the future.

Defense Industry and Ballistics Testing Capabilities3000 Meter Test Range

The multidisciplinary test facility offers safe, cost-effective, and error-free testing of ordnance, munitions, and hazardous materials including climatic and dynamics testing, functional trials, and live firings. The Center features a 3,000-meter firing range, a rocket range, multiple warhead arena test areas, multiple indoor and outdoor medium caliber test ranges, a drop tower facility, a large dynamics test facility, and numerous large concrete storage magazines for ordnance. The Center also has over 35,000 square feet of enclosed computer-controlled environmental conditioning buildings. NTS performs vibration testing up to 40,000 force pounds on hazardous test items, such as warheads. Hazardous material shakers are capable of functioning at temperatures of -150° to 300°F. Dedicated buildings housing the vibration systems are suited for 1,000 pounds of Class 1.1 explosives and are separated by appropriate distances to limit potential damage.MIL-STD-2105C Fast Cook-Off Test

More Information

Click here to download the NTS Camden fact sheet for more details on specifications, tests, and capabilities. Contact us today to discuss your next program!

Updated May 12, 2016

  • Fully instrumented small, medium and large caliber ranges
    -Calibers up to 155mm
    -Ranges to 3000 Meters
  • Arena Testing of Warheads and Weapons
  • Shoulder Fired Weapons Testing
  • Ballistic Limit (V50) of Materials and Projectiles
  • Complete MIL-STD-2105 Insensitive Munitions Testing
    -Single and Dual MIL-STD-2105 Fragment Impact Testing
    -External Fire, Fast and Slow Cook-Off Testing
    -Bullet Impact Testing using Small, Medium Caliber Ammunition
  • MIL-S-901 Lightweight Shipboard Shock
  • Complete Environmental, Dynamics and Shock Facility
  • 11'x26' temperature/humidity/altitude chamber is capable of reaching temperatures from -80o to 170o F and simulating altitudes of up to 90,000'
  • Certified Performance Orientated Package Testing (POP)
    -Non bulk packages in accordance with 49CFR intended for the shipping of hazardous materials
    -Types of packages approved include: Metal drums and jerricans; Fiberboard, Wood, and Plastic boxes
  • Lithium Battery Performance and Safety Testing
  • Handle and Store Explosives, Propellants, and Ordnance Class 1.1v