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Benét Laboratories

Benét Laboratories is a Department of the Army research, development, and engineering facility. It is the U.S. Army’s design authority for large caliber armaments and safe life considerations. Benét is also responsible for the full life-cycle of mortars, tank guns, and artillery cannon for howitzers; provides tank turret support for ABRAMS and Crew Cooling for ABRAMS, Bradley and LAV combat vehicles; and provides support to the Army's industrial base at the Watervliet Arsenal.

A part of the Weapons & Software Engineering Center (WSEC), CCDC Armaments Center (AC), Benét is located at the historic Watervliet Arsenal in upstate New York. The co-location of Arsenal manufacturing and Benét Labs offers military and civilian business entities a one-stop shop for research, design, prototype development, full manufacturing, and long-term customer service.

Benét is ISO 9001 certified.

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Benét Overview

Core Technical Competencies

  • Armament Design and Development
    • Armament Health Monitoring
    • Combat Vehicle Integration
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Design and Development of Artillery Cannons, Mortars and Tank Guns
    • Direct and Indirect Fire Cannon Life Cycle Management
    • Dynamic Engineering Multimedia Analysis
    • Flexible Multi-body Dynamics Modeling and Controls
    • Large Caliber Direct Fire Systems Mount and Recoil
    • Mechanism Life Cycle Management
    • Simulation and Response Modeling
    • Technical Data Package Development
    • Test Planning
    • Test Support (On-site/Off-site)
  • Production Support and Field Sustainment
    • Advanced Heat Treat and Advanced Casting Techniques
    • Field Modifications
    • Field Wear and Erosion Surveys
    • Flow Form Technology
    • High-Performance Material Development, Testing and Characterization
    • Laser Enhanced Net Shape Manufacturing & Process Certifcation
    • Malfunction Investigations and Forensic Analysis
    • Materials and Manufacturing Production Support
    • Rapid Prototyping/Stereolithography
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Rotary Forging and Plating Technologies
    • Vehicle Turret Support and Sustainment
  • Science and Technology
    • Advanced Materials Research
    • Composite Design and Manufacturing
    • Fracture Analysis
    • Future Weapon Concepts
    • Low Cycle Fatigue Analysis
    • Safe Service Life and Fatigue Life Testing
    • Weapons Wear and Tribology
    • X-Ray Diffraction and Stress Analysis


  • 3D Printing Lab
  • Additive Manufacturing Facility
  • Advanced Composites Labs
  • Breech Fatigue Simulation Facility
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Corrosion Lab
  • Electrochemical Machining Lab
  • Electronics Design and Development Lab
  • Experimental Mechanics Lab
  • Laser and Optics Lab
  • Manufacturing Prototype Center
  • Materials Engineering Lab
  • Motion Base Simulator
  • Product Development Lab
  • Rapid Prototyping Lab
  • Reverse Engineering Lab
  • Tube Fatigue Simulation Facility
  • Vehicle Integration Lab
  • X-Ray Lab

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WSEC Vision

The Nation's experts envisioning and delivering unparalleled future lethality systems for the battlefield of tomorrow.

WSEC Mission

Research, develop and engineer technologies for software and weapon systems that provide overmatch capabilities to those who defend our nation now and in the future.

WSEC Strategic Intent

WSEC is the preferred provider of innovative, safe, and reliable weapon system solutions that deliver warfighters overmatch to current and future threats. Our excellence in integrated weapon systems and software engineering, using mature and efficient processes and procedures, spans the full lifecycle activities. WSEC consistently delivers timely products and solutions to customers within the Army, other Services, government agencies, and industry. WSEC forges strong alliances with strategic partners to enhance mission execution and reduce development cycle times, to position our Soldiers ahead of the emerging threats to our Nation.