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AMRDEC - Building Missiles

U.S. Army research and development center specializes in missile technology.


The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is a world leader in building state-of-the-art missiles and rockets.

"Strength Through Technology"

Based in Madison County, Alabama – near Huntsville – the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is known by the acronym (AMRDEC). The center’s official motto is "Strength Through Technology." The engineers, scientists and technicians who work at the center spend their time developing advanced new missiles and improving and upgrading existing missiles and weapons systems.

AMRDEC is considered to be a major anchor in the Huntsville area technology hub, and the research and development facility there is one of the most technologically advanced in the U.S. Over the years, AMRDEC has received numerous awards and recognition for its work – including being named “Research and Development Laboratory of the Year” in 2007.  The center has also been recognized for many of its inventions – notably with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Billions of Revenue

AMRDEC is a subordinate of the U.S. military’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The center employs about 2,500 people – including nearly 2,000 engineers and scientists – who work in 1.7 million square feet of laboratory and office space. AMRDEC receives nearly $1 billion of investment each year and generates annual revenues of about $1.5 billion.

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