'HORNET' ANTI-TANK MISSILE WARHEAD STUDY.
Final rept. 31 Mar-30 Nov 66,
WESTERN CO OF NORTH AMERICA DALLAS TX RESEARCH DIV
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The feasibility of incorporating a follow-through shaped charge warhead in the Hornet Anti-tank Missile has been shown. The warhead design obtained from this study is capable of defeating the seeker and heavy armor. An additional advantage of the design is that a large number of 0.250-inch diameter steel balls are projected beyond the armor as follow-through particles. In this study the basis for evaluation was the effectiveness of the warhead after first defeating seeker section. To increase this effectiveness, pre-shaped follow- through fragments were incorporated in the warhead. These particles were attached to the liner between the liner and the explosive based on the concept that the particles will follow the shaped charge jet through the target perforation. The fragments projected through the perforation not only increased the beyond armor lethality, but assured the presence of lethal particles beyond the armor even when spallation is controlled. During this study it has been demonstrated that the warhead design provided from this study has a penetration capacity greater than required to penetrate that armor which is 0.99 probable of being encountered given a random hit on the presented area of interior volume of the JS3 tank. Of the follow-through particles 0.250-inch diameter carbon steel balls incorporated in the warhead, thirty percent can be projected beyond the target in a dispersion pattern having an included angle of greater than 70 degrees.
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