Accession Number : ADD018176

Title :   Shock Sensing Dual Mode Warhead.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 27 Aug 80,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Shamblen, Morley ; Walchak, Martin T ; Richmond, Louis

PDF Url : ADD018176

Report Date : 27 Aug 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A shock sensing dual mode warhead is provided for use against both soft and hard targets and is capable of sensing which type of target has been struck. The warhead comprises a casing made of a ductile material containing an explosive charge and a fuze assembly. The ductile warhead casing will mushroom upon striking a hard target while still confining the explosive. Proper ductility and confinement are necessary for fuze shock sensing. The fuze assembly contains a pair of parallel firing trains, one initiated only by dynamic pressure caused high impact deceleration and one initiated by low impact deceleration. The firing train actuated by high impact deceleration senses dynamic pressure transmitted, during deformation of the warhead, through the explosive filler which is employed as a fuzing signature. The firing train actuated by low impact deceleration contains a pyrotechnic delay to allow penetration of soft targets.

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILE WARHEADS, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *IMPACT SHOCK, *DUAL MODE, DETECTION, IMPACT, DEFORMATION, EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, TARGETS, EXPLOSIVES, FUZES(ORDNANCE), PENETRATION, SIGNATURES, DUCTILITY, CONFINEMENT(GENERAL), ASSEMBLY, DYNAMIC PRESSURE, DECELERATION, PYROTECHNICS, DELAY ELEMENTS(EXPLOSIVE), FILLERS, HARDENED STRUCTURES, FIRING MECHANISMS(AMMUNITION)

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE