An Improved Projectile Boattail
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A series of projectile boattails have shown improved aerodynamic performance over the standard conical boattail. These boattails have equal or lower drag and an improved gyroscopic stability. Their Magnus and damping characteristics appear to be satisfactory so that the projectile should be dynamically stable. Also, these boattails increase the projectile wheel base considerably, thereby decreasing the balloting in the gun tube. The improved aerodynamic performance could lead to longer ranges, longer projectiles or lower spin rates for future projectiles.
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Fluid Mechanics