Ammunition and Projectiles

SERDP and ESTCP projects are developing and demonstrating alternative primer formulations, propellants, and projectiles that do not contain harmful materials or generate hazardous waste in production.

Completed Projects List
Project Title Completed

105mm M67 Propelling Charge Improvement Program: Eliminate Lead Contamination by Propellant Replacement with PAP7993-Modified Green Propellant

Project Information
Project ID: WP-201413
Principal Investigator: Mr. Paul Henderson, US Army ARDEC
ESTCP Apr 2019

Elimination of Perchlorate Oxidizers from Incendiary Projectile Compositions

Project Information
Project ID: WP-201110
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jared Moretti, U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal
ESTCP Jan 2019

MEMS-Enabled Reliable Submunition (MERS)

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2331
Principal Investigator: Mr. Charles Robinson, U.S. Army ARDEC
SERDP Oct 2017

Proof-of-Principle Study to Replace RDX in LOVA-Style Propellant Formulations Intended for Use as a Perchlorate-Free Replacement Grain in Cartridge Actuated Devices

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200836
Principal Investigator: Mr. Todd Allen, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
ESTCP Jun 2015

Demonstration of Tungsten Nanocomposite Alternatives to Depleted Uranium in Anti-Armor Penetrators

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200805
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lee Magness, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (USARL)
ESTCP Nov 2014

Medium Caliber Lead-Free Electric Primer

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200729
Principal Investigator: Mr. Eric Gogley, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
ESTCP Sep 2012

Joint Army/Navy Program for Environmentally Acceptable Propellant Charges for Medium Caliber Guns

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200529
Principal Investigator: Ms. Thelma Manning, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
ESTCP Feb 2011

Demonstration of Metastable Intermolecular Composites (MIC) on Small Caliber Cartridges and CAD/PAD Percussion Primers

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200205
Principal Investigator: Mr. Todd Allen, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division
ESTCP Jul 2009

Demonstration and Qualification of Small-Caliber Combat Ammunition Manufactured with Lead-Free Projectiles

Project Information
Project ID: WP-199901
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kimberly Watts, U.S. Army Environmental Center
ESTCP Sep 2008

Environmentally Acceptable Medium Caliber Ammunition Percussion Primers

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1308
Principal Investigator: Mr. Michael Ellis, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
SERDP Oct 2007

Environmentally Benign Impact Initiated Devices Using Energetic Sol-Gel-Coated Flash Metal Multilayers

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1362
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexander Gash, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
SERDP Nov 2006

Environmentally Friendly Advanced Gun Propellants

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1363
Principal Investigator: Mr. William Fawcett, ATK Thiokol
SERDP Sep 2004

New Primary Explosives Development for Medium Caliber Stab Detonators

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1364
Principal Investigator: Mr. John Hirlinger, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
SERDP Sep 2004

Investigation of MIC Materials for Electrically Initiated Lead Free Primers (SEED Project)

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1183
Principal Investigator: Mr. Ron Jones, NAVAIR Weapons Division
SERDP Jul 2004

Investigation of Alternative Energetic Compositions for Small Electro-Explosive Devices for Medium Caliber Ammunition

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1307
Principal Investigator: Mr. John Hirlinger, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
SERDP Apr 2004

Medium Caliber Lead Free Electric Primer

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1331
Principal Investigator: Mr. Phil Dixon, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
SERDP Apr 2004

Lead-Free Initiator Materials for Small, Electro-Explosive Devices For Medium Caliber Munitions

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1306
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ross Millar, QinetiQ
SERDP Jun 2003

Closed Loop Energetics with VOC Emission Reduction (CLEVER)

Project Information
Project ID: WP-199704
Principal Investigator: Ms. Valerie Plummer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
ESTCP Jul 2002

Elimination of Toxic and VOC Constituents from Small Caliber Ammunition

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1057
Principal Investigator: Mr. John Middleton, AMSTA-AR-CCL-B
SERDP Oct 2000

Green Energetic Materials

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1115
Principal Investigator: Mr. Marc Magdinec, Naval Surface Warfare Center
SERDP Nov 1999
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