Accession Number : AD0866519

Title :   Service Test of Radioactively Illuminated Fire Control For the M102 Weapon System.

Descriptive Note : Final test rept. 15 Jun-5 Nov 69,

Corporate Author : ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY BOARD FORT SILL OK

Personal Author(s) : Read, John J.

Report Date : 26 JAN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The Service Test was conducted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Laboratory analysis of radioactive components was conducted by the US Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. The objectives were to provide a safety confirmation of the radioactively illuminated fire control equipment for the M102 howitzer, determine the functioning suitability and durability of the modified fire control equipment, and perform a maintenance evaluation. The results were compared to standard equipment used on the M102 howitzer. The US Army Field Artillery Board concluded that the Radioactively Illuminated Fire Control Equipment for the M102 Howitzer was suitable and safe for use by troops in the field. The USAFB recommended that: the Radioactively Illuminated Fire Control Equipment for the M102 Howitzer be provided for use on the M102 howitzer; radioactively illuminated components be provided for all field artillery fire control equipment; a safety confirmation be issued for use by troops; the radioactively illuminated fire control equipment on the M102 howitzer be considered suitable for use by troops in the field; and that it be adapted on all field artillery weapons.

Descriptors :   *RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES), (*ILLUMINATED SIGHTS, (*TELESCOPIC GUN SIGHTS, LUMINESCENCE), HOWITZERS, LOW LIGHT LEVELS, INSTRUMENT DIALS, SHIELDING, RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, DOSIMETERS, MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL, MAINTAINABILITY, DOSE RATE, PROMETHIUM, TRITIUM, SILICONE PLASTICS, ENCAPSULATION, FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS, LIFE EXPECTANCY, ACCEPTABILITY, SAFETY.

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE