Development of a Floating Smoke Grenade Air and Surface to Surface
Final rept. Nov 1970-Jun 1971
NORTHROP CAROLINA INC ASHEVILLE NC
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The objective of this program was to design and demonstrate the feasibility of a floating smoke grenade which could be ground or air launched. The floating smoke grenade would supplement or replace the currently operational M8 and M18 smoke grenades which do not float and, therefore, provide poor signals when thrown in water. Furthermore, when air launched, the M8 and M18 tend to burn themselves in mud and shallow water due to their high terminal velocity at impact. To overcome this problem, the floating smoke grenade also required an aerodynamic decelator. A smoke inflated ballute provided this element.