Accession Number : ADD004048

Title :   Selectively Aimable Warhead.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kempton, Marvin L

Report Date : 31 May 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The cylindrical warhead has an outer, relatively-thin metal skin member and an inner thicker metal casing, the main explosive charge being disposed in the space between the members with associated boosters or charge initiators. The initiators include a first set of circumferentially-spaced aiming detonation members and a second set of similarly spaced main charge-firing members. Aiming is achieved by first firing a selected aiming initiator to produce a force sufficient to rupture and break open an arcuate section of the outer warhead skin but insufficient to produce a main charge detonation. Next, a main charge-firing initiator disposed substantially diametrically opposite the ruptured arcuate section is fired to produce an inwardly-directed main-charge blast for fragmenting the thicker inner casing and driving the fragments in the desired direction through the ruptured arcuate section. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *WARHEADS, AIMING, CYLINDRICAL BODIES, SKIN(STRUCTURAL), DETONATIONS

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE