NATICK, Mass., July 12, 2006 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Soldier Systems Center's new thermal test facility was held here on June 23.
The new facility will provide unprecedented research evaluation capabilities. The building will house state-of-the-art equipment for evaluations of materials, including full-scale flame testing on protective ensembles and shelters.
The installation's scientific and engineering teams will be able to use the facility for the research and development of flame and thermal protection equipment. A suite of lasers will be used for the development of laser protection technologies.
Joe Dalton, district director, office of Congressman Edward J. Markey, commented on how Natick Soldier Center was selected as the Department of the Army Research and