Accession Number : ADA328534

Title :   Development of a 40-mm Nonlethal Cartridge.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 95-Oct 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Lyon, David H.

PDF Url : ADA328534

Report Date : AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : As U.S. soldiers are increasingly employed in humanitarian roles, as opposed to traditional mission, new equipment requirements are being generated. One such requirement included a nonlethal, or deterrent, munition for use in riot control. In response to this requirement, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a nonlethal cartridge that is compatible with both the M2O3 and M79 40-mm grenade launchers. This cartridge contains a spin-stabilized projectile that is launched using a 'high-low' propulsion technique. The projectile consists of a hollow plastic body fitted with a stiff foam nose, while the high-low propulsion system permits the use of smokeless propellant. The munition is designed to engage specific point targets out to 70m. This cartridge has been evaluated for lethality using several experimental techniques in addition to an analytical model. From the results, it appears as though an acceptable compromise between effectiveness and lethality has been achieved with a projectile mass of 58 g launched with a muzzle velocity f 56.4 rn/s. Transitioned to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), this item is currently undergoing type classification as the XMlOO6.

Descriptors :   *LETHALITY, *CARTRIDGES, *RIOT CONTROL, *SPIN STABILIZED AMMUNITION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, ARMY RESEARCH, PROJECTILES, TEST METHODS, PROPULSION SYSTEMS, PLASTICS, SMOKELESS PROPELLANTS, GRENADE LAUNCHERS.

Subject Categories : Toxicology
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE