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Armament Research Establishment

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1922 The Design Department of the the Research Department Woolwich was established, concerned with the engineering design and development of weapons.

1942 the Design Department was moved to Fort Halstead, Kent, followed later by the Research Department. They were designated the Armament Design Department and the Armament Research Department (ARD) respectively.

1948 the Armament Research Department's name was changed to Armament Research Establishment (ARE).

1955 The two departments were amalgamated to form the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), to integrate all stages of research, design and development.


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