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At first glance, the packaging the U.S. Army uses for its guns and ammo looks a bit like it’s stuck in a time warp. Even though the weaponry itself has increasingly gone high-tech, the packaging still consists mostly of steel or wood containers that look like they could have seen action in World War II.

Outward appearances, however, can be deceiving. Today’s military containers aren’t your grandfather’s ammo boxes. The military relies on packaging designs and materials that are every bit as modern as the weapons and ammunition inside.

Much of the Army’s weapons packaging falls to the engineers working for the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway, NJ. “Our mission is to package everything designed at Picatinny, and that’s about 95 percent of the military’s ground firepower,” says Mike Ivankoe, supervisory packaging engineer for ARDEC. The list of “products” they package ranges from small arms to huge howitzers and all the munitions that go into those weapons.

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