Accession Number : ADD018679

Title :   Non-Explosive Target Directed Reentry Projectile

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 19 May 95, patented 22 Jul 97

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Morrison, Alfred M ; Vamos, John S ; Dorsey, William G ; Lyons, W Carson

Report Date : 22 Jul 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The non-explosive core of a reentry projectile is fixedly positioned within a hollow casing of the projectile at a location maximizing conversion and transfer of kinetic energy to an earth bound target in response to the projectile's impact at a hypersonic velocity and at a steep impact angle to the surface of the earth. The hollow casing is formed of a material capable of withstanding high temperatures, therefore, not requiring any cooling and allowing for the hollow casing to be free of heat transfer medium that might otherwise impede the desired quick release of the core upon impact of the projectile. The core is in the form of a single dense metallic slug having a mass establishing a center of gravity and moments of inertia for the projectile as a kinetic energy warhead corresponding to that of an explosive or nuclear warhead without weapon system modification.

Descriptors :   *KINETIC ENERGY PROJECTILES, *PATENTS, *HYPERVELOCITY PROJECTILES, ATMOSPHERE ENTRY, HYPERSONIC VELOCITY, PROJECTILE TRAJECTORIES, PROJECTILE NOSES, UNEXPLODED AMMUNITION, HIGH CAPACITY PROJECTILES

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE