NSF Indian Head CITE Designation

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head (NSWC IHD) received CITE designation in May 2014. CITE is a statutory authority allowing public-private partnerships to perform work related to the command's core competencies. This designation allows the Navy to more efficiently maintain an organic energetics capability and manage under-utilized capacity.

The CITE designation is for the division's core competencies of energetics, ordnance, naval gun systems, EOD technologies, ordnance packaging, handling, storage and transportation and the technical expertise required to acquire, maintain and sustain these systems. NSWC IHD is the first Navy activity to hold both depot- and arsenal-level designation.


Under a four-year partnership with Chemring, the division may manufacture up to 11,000 double-base extruded N-5 propellant grains for the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS). APOBS is used by Soldiers, Marines and allied ground troops to enable safe personnel transit through mine fields and razor wire protected zones.

The APOBS propellant grain manufacturing is the first in a series of extruded double base propellant grain opportunities planned to be jointly manufactured by the partnership. Once the propellant grains are inspected, tested and certified, they will be provided to Chemring Ordnance for loading into APOBS.


NSWC IHD - a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Enterprise - is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions.  The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.

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