U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center Light Armor Range Complex
ABERDEEN TEST CENTER MD
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The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center ATC at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the U.S. Department of Defenses lead agency for land-combat, direct-fire, and live-fire vulnerability testing. Adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay and 35 miles northeast of Baltimore, ATC is a multipurpose test center with diverse capabilities and has become a world-class testing and training range that ensures American warfighters receive superior materiel and technology. One of the many testing capabilities at ATC is the Light Armor Range Complex LARC. The LARC was built in the 1940s to support testing for the war effort and has provided support to every U.S. war and military conflict since its construction. This article discusses the history of ATC and the LARC, range upgrades, test methods and instrumentation, safety features, and specific LARC operations.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Combat Vehicles
- Protective Equipment