Accession Number:

AD0911336

Title:

Evaluation of a Ballute Retarder System for the Mk 82 Bomb

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 12 Jun 1972-4 Mar 1973

Corporate Author:

ARMAMENT DEVELOPMENT AND TEST CENTER EGLIN AFB FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

This report contains results of tests conducted to evaluate a ballute retardation systemcombination balloonparachute for a Mk 82 bomb. The system tested provided for a low drag configuration of either of two types of high drag options. One high drag option 29-inch diameter ballute was designed for mine application and the other 41-inch diameter ballute for general purpose bomb application. Tests demonstrated the system was physically compatible with the F- 100 and F-4 aircraft. Flight tests demonstrated the system could be safely carried and released from the F-100 aircraft in level flight up to 550 KTAS. Ballistic data were obtained on all configurations used during the flight test. The average time for the 29-inch and 41-inch diameter ballute to fully inflate after release was 0.8 second and 0.7 second, respectively. The G-loads experienced during deployment of the 41-inch diameter ballute were sufficient to arm three of four FMU-54B fuzes tested. The fourth fuze did not arm. Burial characteristics for the 29-inch diameter ballute varied from 2 to 8 feet horizontal travel from impact point, 5 to 12 feet deep, and at an attitude of 45 to 90 degrees nose-down. The ballute system successfully functioned 12 of 15 times tested. One of the 41-inch diameter ballute fabrics tore loose from the canister during deployment and two 29-inch diameter ballutes fluttered from release to impact.

Subject Categories:

  • Gliders and Parachutes
  • Aerial Bombs
  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE