Until approximately 10 years ago, Dugway regularly tested munitions, stepping outside its assigned missions of testing smoke or obscurant producing devices, or defenses against chemical or biological agents.

Employing environmental conditioning chambers that can produce from -75 to nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit, munitions were challenged to function under Earth's most appalling conditions. These included practice mortar rounds that flashed and banged upon impact, and aerial flares fired from mortars.