Automated Tactical Ammunition Classification System (ATACS)
Working closely with the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) in McAlester, Okla., Cybernet created the first-ever ATACS system, an innovative system built within less than 90 days for rapid fielding in the Iraqi theater of operation.
This innovative system is designed to:
- Inspects over 5,000 rounds per hour, depending on round mix;
- Sort and inspect 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, 9 mm, .45 caliber and .50 caliber ammunition;
- Learn new calibers/types of rounds;
- Inspect chambering dimensions including length, concentricity, diameter, head stamp, primer seating, etc.;
- Detect defects such as dents, perforations and corrosion; and
- Separate spent brass from live ammunition.
ATACS is currently in operation at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ATACS units are also deployed at Fort Irwin and Fort Bragg, with additional units in production. ATACS is transportable to remote unimproved sites; reduces the manpower needed to handle loose, broken lot ammunition; reclaims serviceable ammunition for training use; is a field-proven technology: and provides faster, more consistent inspection and re-qualification of ammunition.
In recent years, the ATACS program has developed into an entire family of ammunition handling products, with applications ranging from single-round tabletop inspection units to round assembly machines. More information on the ATACS product family is available on the ATACS website (atacs.cybernet.com).