REDUCING THE SENSITIVITY OF DIRECTED ENERGY WARHEADS TO UNPLANNED STIMULI

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5754
Agency Tracking Number:
5754
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3201 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert D Ciccarelli
(215) 386-4884
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
MANY EXPLOSIVE WARHEADS ARE SENSITIVE TO INITIATION BY FRAGMENT OR BULLET IMPACT AND SYMPATHETIC DETONATION. DIRECTED-ENERGY WARHEADS IN PARTICULAR ARE OFTEN LOADED WITH VERY ENERGETIC EXPLOSIVE TO OBTAIMANCE AT THE EXPENSE OF INCREASE SENSITIVITY. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO DETERMINE THE MOST EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REDUCING THE SENSITIVITY OF AN EXISTING WARHEAD, SUCH AS THE SFW OR TOW 2. THE REDUCTION IN SENSITIVITY WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED BY SUBSTITUTING AN INSENSITIVE EXPLOSIVE AND THEN REDESIGNING THE WARHEAD CONFIGURATION TO YIELD THE SAME PENETRATION PERFORMANCE. ALTERNATIVELY, THE CURRENT EXPLOSIVE WILL BE RETAINED BUT THE WARHEAD CASING WILL BE REDESIGNED TO REDUCE SENSITIVITY. ATTENTION MUST BE GIVEN TO 1) THE PENETRATOR PERFORMANCE; 2) WARHEAD SENSITIVITY TO IMPACT; AND 3) COST AND MANUFACTURABILITY. WARHEAD DESIGNS USING EACH APPROACH WILL BE GENERATED, AND A FEASIBILITY DEMONSTRATION WILL BE PERFORMED DURING WHICH TWO CANDIDATE DESIGNS WILL BE BUILT AND TESTED. CONCLUSION WILL BE REACHED REGARDING THE FEASIBILITY FOR THE APPROACHES CHOSEN.

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