Accession Number : ADD018435

Title :   Dual Mode Warhead.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 25 Aug 80, patented 18 Mar 97,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : O'Brasky, James S ; Alexander, Alan A ; Griffin, Odis H ; Foster, John S ; Shamblen, Morley C

Report Date : 18 Mar 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A dual mode warhead is provided for use against both soft and hard targets and capable of sensing which type of target has been struck comprising a casing made of a ductile material containing an explosive charge and a fuze assembly. The ductile warhead casing will mushroom and later split upon striking a hard target while still confining the explosive. Proper ductility and confinement are necessary for fuze sensing. The fuze assembly contains a pair of parallel firing trains, one initiated only by high and one by low impact deceicration. The firing train actuated by low impact deceleration contains a pyrotechnic delay to allow penetration of soft targets

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *WARHEADS, MATERIALS, TARGETS, DUCTILITY, PARALLEL ORIENTATION, DUAL MODE, HARDENED STRUCTURES, WINCHES

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE