DEVELOPMENT OF A WIRE LANYARD TO INCREASE ARMING DISTANCE OF FLARE, AIRCRAFT, PARACHUTE, MK24.
FRANKFORD ARSENAL PHILADELPHIA PA SMALL CALIBER ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE
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The Mk 24 Aircraft Flare is used for illumination of battle areas during tactical night situations and can be launched from the interior or exterior of fixed or rotary wing aircraft. Erratic performance of the fuze arming train in the flare has dictated a need to increase the arming distance especially when the flare is manually launched from helicopters. The object of this program was to develop a small, lightweight wire package that could be easily attached to the flare. The package would provide a 50-foot arming distance prior to actuation of the fuze train. Originally, a spool of high strength steel wire with torque induced windings was considered for the application. A torque induced winding is one where a torsional energy is introduced to the wire during the winding process. During payout the wire will thus be free of stresses normally resulting from the uncoiling of the wire. Author