Accession Number : ADD015171

Title :   Selectively Aimable Warhead Initiation System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 20 Sep 71, patented 24 Sep 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Menz, Fred L ; Osburn, Michael R ; Jones, Jerry O

Report Date : 24 Sep 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : This patent discloses a system for aiming a selectivity aimable warhead (SAW) at a target by explosively deforming the warhead into a shape desirable for directionality. Twenty-four explosive forming charges are located around the circumference of the warhead and run the entire length of the warhead. The proximity fuze selects one sector out of 24 as the direction aim. Having selected a sector in the azimuth, the forming charge in that sector plus the adjacent two forming charges are initiated simultaneously. After a time delay interval sufficient to allow the warhead to deform(about 1/2 millisecond to 1 millisecond), warhead boosters located furthest from the target (or 180 degrees from the forming charges) and on each end of the warhead, are initiated simultaneously. The warhead is detonated generating a high velocity fragment beams towards the target.

Descriptors :   AIMING, BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES, DELAY, EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, EXPLOSIVE FORMING, LENGTH, PROXIMITY FUZES, TIME INTERVALS, WARHEADS

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE