ENGINEERING EVALUATION OF M117 BOMB WITH BLUNT NOSE
AIR PROVING GROUND CENTER EGLIN AFB FL
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Two attachments to the nose of an M117 bomb were tested in an attempt to determine if these devices would improve the bombs richochet and penetration characteristics. One of these attachments was a blunt nose shape the other was a more complex shape that had been adapted from a model which an allied Air Force claimed to work successfully on their 400-kilogram bomb. Neither of these designs changed the richochet characteristics of the M117 enough to warrant its adoption. However, several ideas are suggested for improved or different attachments to the M117 bomb, and it is recommended that these concepts be pursued further. A series of tests was also conducted under this project to study the richochet and penetration characteristics of the standard M117 and the BLU-14B bombs. These tests were conducted to provide data for a comparison with the modified M117 bombs mentioned above. The results of these tests are presented in this report and substantiate the results that had been obtained during an earlier limited evaluation of the M117 bomb and the MLU-10B mine.
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