Benet Laboratories


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Building 40
Watervliet, NY 12189-4050
United States

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Benét Laboratories is a Department of the Army R & D facility located at the Watervliet Arsenal in New York, just north of the state capital, Albany. Benét is a part of the Weapons & Software Engineering Center (WSEC), Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), which is located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

Benét was established in 1961 and named after the first chief of Army Ordnance Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benét. Benét's founding mission was to provide Watervliet Arsenal with a dedicated research, design and engineering capability primarily associated advanced large caliber cannon. In 1977 Benét was reorganized into what is now ARDEC, and maintained its presence at Watervliet to leverage the capabilities and assets at the Arsenal, and the major engineering institutions located in the immediate area. Today Benét occupies eight buildings at Watervliet with a technical staff of over 200 scientists and engineers, in addition to hosting other technical personnel from industry and academe.


The primary mission of Benét Laboratories is to conduct the research, design and development of advanced launch mechanism, cannon mortars, recoilless rifles and other related components. Benét's major disciplinary strengths are in high strength materials, mechanical engineering, fracture mechanics, fatigue, refractory metal plating and producibility engineering and weaponization of advanced concepts.

Benét Laboratories' facilities are focused on quickly transitioning technology into design concepts and rapidly providing customers working prototypes primarily for Army programs and project managers, but increasingly supporting commercial and industrial partners.

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