Insensitive Munitions Disposal Attack

Description:

OBJECTIVE: Develop a means of causing detonation of Insensitive Munitions (IM) and/or bulk Insensitive High Explosives (IHE) without using large amounts of donor explosives. Device needs to be capable of attacking IM ranging in size from 81mm to missile warheads and bulk explosives in quantities exceeding five pounds. DESCRIPTION: A means is needed to assist in the disposal of munitions or devices using IHE. Current disposal procedures require excessive disposal charges due to the main charge explosives being made less sensitive to shock. These procedures increase blast overpressure and fragment hazard distances. Additionally, current demolitions materials are shifting to IHE which will make them less sensitive to current demolition initiation methods. Current 66mm shape charges being pursued may prove impractical in WMD using IHE. Shape charge technology, improved insensitive explosives, and penetration rounds have all shown promise, but none have yet proven to be the answer. Water jet or thermic based technology are also possible answers but have not yet been thoroughly researched or developed. Innovations using described technologies can be a solution to this problem, but other innovative and promising approaches will also be considered. Regardless of the specific approach, the product needs to be man portable and equal to or preferably weighing less than current means; for example, a pound for a projectile and 10 pounds for a larger bomb. As the Unites States Military and our partners shift to IM and IHE the likelihood for military and civilian personnel to have to dispose of it will only increase. Both civilian and military bomb disposal technicians will be put at a great disadvantage if they have no reliable method to dispose of IM and IHE. Movement to IHE in civilian blasting is currently unknown. PHASE I: Phase I should conduct studies to develop an item to breech munitions cases and initiate the explosives. Item must show the capability of penetrating munitions/WMD cases of various thicknesses, up to 1/2 inch, and capable of causing a high order detonation. Low order detonations and/or candle burns are less desirable. The decision to move to Phase II will be based upon likelihood of success based upon computer modeling and/or practical demonstration. PHASE II: Phase II must develop a prototype of the new tool or unique explosive. Any new explosive items must obtain requisite explosives certification. Item must show consistency in attacking both heavy and thin cased IM of various calibers and configurations. A 10 for 10 level of consistency is the desired outcome against representative projectiles, bombs, and bulk samples. The results should be quantitatively compared to those of existing technologies in the same environments. Existing military/civilian law enforcement initiation systems are the required means of initiation. The Phase II close-out must include a plan for follow-on production and fielding. PHASE III: Phase III must include identification of support for commercialization of the item to include support from other government entities. Third party verified demonstrations for the DoD and DHS community should clearly demonstrate 99% reliability of the disposal of IM without kick outs. In that this is a disposal tool, cost per use should be kept low (threshold $100/objective $25) and should not require cost prohibitive consumables. Weight and cube of final design must minimize weight and cube while being all weather capable.
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