Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) (sometimes erroneously called Aberdeen Proving Grounds) is a United States Army facility located in Aberdeen, Maryland (in Harford County).
Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland |
The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) , located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its heavy duty diesel engine emissions compliance program by providing program management, test procedure development, instrumentation application, equipment operation, data collection, reduction, and analysis. Personnel in ATC’s Military Environmental Technology Demonstration Center (METDC) work closely with members of the EPA’s Certification and Compliance Division (CCD) to plan, perform, and report in-use heavy duty diesel engine compliance testing
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), the Army's oldest active proving ground, is one of the world's foremost research, development, testing, and training facilities for military weapons and equipment. It is bounded by the Susquehanna and Gunpowder Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the AMTRAK Railroad.
APG comprises two principal areas, separated by the Bush River. The northern area is known as the Aberdeen Area, and the southern sector, formerly the Edgewood Arsenal, is the Edgewood Area. Many of APG's tenants are located in the Edgewood Area and conduct work in environmental and chemical arenas. They include the Chemical and Biological Defense Command, Army Environmental Center, Chemical Demilitarization and Remediation Activity, Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, and the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. While actively testing military hardware, environmental protection is a major concern. The Proving Ground has developed an environmental program that has made it a haven for bald eagles and other wildlife.
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) was established on October 20, 1917 and is the U.S. Army's oldest active testing and evaluation facility.
The U.S. Army Combat Systems Test Activity (CSTA), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, provides a premier range and test facility for the Department of Defense. Chartered in 1917 to provide testing of field artillery, weapons and ammunition, CSTA now operates under the Army's Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM) and has become a world class, all purpose testing center. CSTA encompasses state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, advanced instrumentation, and comprehensive support capabilities to test a wide range of military weapons systems, equipment, and materiel. Testing covers the full range of life cycle support from concept evaluation and research prototypes through advanced development to quality assurance testing of production items. Testing is primarily performed for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, but CSTA also offers its services to other government agencies and private industry as well.
Other parts of APG not attached to the main installation include the Churchville Test Area in Harford County, and the Carroll Island and Graces Quarters in Baltimore County, Maryland. The Churchville Test Area is a test track with hills that provide steep natural grades and tight turns to stress engines, drivetrains, and suspensions for army vehicles.