Accession Number : ADP005393

Title :   TOMAHAWK (BGM-109 B/C-2) Sympathetic Detonation Testing and Hazard Arc Determination,

Corporate Author : NAVAL SURFACE WEAPONS CENTER SILVER SPRING MD

Personal Author(s) : Swisdak,Michael M. , Jr

Report Date : AUG 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The Naval Surface Weapons Center (NSWC) has previously conducted studies to determine the Explosive Safety Quantity Distance (ESQD) arcs associated with the handling of one BGM-109 TOMAHAWK missile. It has also examined the safety/vulnerability of the TOMAHAWK in Armored Box Launchers. The current study addressed the sympathetic detonation characteristics of pairs of TOMAHAWK missiles of several shipping/handling scenarios. The specific objective was the determination of the Maximum Credible Event (MCE) for TOMAHAWK cruise missiles in shipping/handling configurations. Pre-test predictions will be presented and discussed. Four tests were conducted. The results of these tests wil be presented and compared with the pre-test predictions. Based on the results of these tests, a hazard arc is determined for handling up to four missiles simultaneously.

Descriptors :   *CRUISE MISSILES, *SYMPATHETIC DETONATIONS, *HAZARDS, QUANTITY, RANGE(DISTANCE), SHIPPING, HANDLING, TEST METHODS, CONFIGURATIONS, SUBMARINE LAUNCHED, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, SYMPOSIA

Subject Categories : Surface-launched Guided Missiles
      Explosions
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE