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Radiological/Nuclear Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Complex (RNCTEC)

NNSS is the home of the Radiological/Nuclear Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Complex (RNCTEC), which is the newest NNSS testing venue in four decades. RNCTEC was designed for nuclear detection test and evaluation (T&E) with a unique capability to use special nuclear materials (SNM) during testing. This complex provides the Nation with the necessary facilities and capabilities to validate the performance of systems used to protect the United States from the threat of a terrorist radiological or nuclear attack, whether under development or already deployed. RNCTEC provides an environment tailored to customer requirements, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

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RNCTEC testing facilities

Capabilities and expertise include:

  • Wireless and hardwired Data Collection System, which is defensible and test specific
  • Dedicated data collection server isolated from the internet
  • Over 20 isotopes (120 sources), special nuclear material (SNM), and medical sources on demand
  • Inventory of shielded containers (poly, lead, steel, graphite, etc.)
  • Over 40 twenty-foot conveyances, some specially configured
  • Commerce simulating loads, including Natural Occurring Radioactive Materials and Naturally Attenuating Materials
  • Computerized test-observation reports
  • Bar-coding capability for configuration control
  • Accelerator pit (concrete lined, 12' x 30' x 17' deep)
  • Dedicated control room with cameras providing a 360 degree view of test bed
  • Dedicated core team to support all aspects of testing

Testing of Detection Systems

Testing of Detection Systems

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