Accession Number : ADD007573

Title :   Rod-Fragment Controlled-Motion Warhead.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Kempton,Marvin L

Report Date : 12 Aug 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The destructive fragments used in the warhead are in a form of rods of substantially the same length as the warhead itself. Effectiveness is increased by so controlling the outward travel of the rods as to produce a propellering motion about the center of the rods capable of causing the rods to line-up end-to-end at a particular desired radius. The long rods are disposed longitudinally side-by-side in a circular path to form a continuous sleeve about a cylindrical explosive charge. Each rod also is inclined at a slight angle from the longitudinal axis of the warhead to induce the desired propellering motion. The velocity of the warhead is made uniform throughout the length of each rod to minimize tumbling. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Fragmentation warheads, Rods, Control, Flight paths, Explosive charges, Guided missile warheads, Antiaircraft missiles, Kill probabilities, Velocity, Mass, Ratios

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE