Picatinny allows first look at America’s newest weapons

Picatinny Arsenal allows first look at the newest weapons protecting US military.

Picatinny Arsenal allows first look at the newest weapons protecting US military. (5/4/15)

MORRIS COUNTY - Officials at Picatinny Arsenal allowed the media to have a rare look inside the military installation for a demonstration of its latest weaponry.

Most of the work done at the arsenal includes developing and testing weapons and ammunition for the United States military. One of those weapons is a mortar system currently being used by American soldiers.

"It provides a soldier with increased firepower, increased accuracy, and most importantly, survivability,” says Bill Webber, of Precision Guided Munitions Systems.

The accuracy and effectiveness of mortar systems are enhanced greatly by computerized technology.  It allows soldiers to hone in on targets as much as 5 miles away.

Not everything developed at Picatinny is designed for actual battle.  Pyrotechnics create just as much noise and smoke, but are designed purely for training.  They simulate the sights and sounds of gunfire and mortar rounds for soldiers.

Jim Wejsa helps to develop some of the pyrotechnics. He says they are essentially for training effective soldiers.

“[They] can get acclimated to the blasts and acclimated to the sounds, so they don't panic when it comes time in a combat situation,” Wejsa says.

Picatinny develops 90 percent of the Army's weapons and ammo. Its products are utilized by all branches of the U.S. military.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Majestic Lanes bowling alley was damaged when 1 Driver crashes into Woodbridge bowling alley
Mikayla Raji, 8, paid for a Jamesburg police 2 Girl whose father was killed in line of duty buys officer dinner
Preston Taylor admits his involvement in the disappearance 3 Childhood friend admits helping to dispose of missing woman’s body
Computer issues have prevented some Newark city employees 4 Computer issues prevent Newark city employees from being paid
Students, parents and faculty at a Bayonne high 5 Bayonne's Marist High School faces fundraising deadline to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.