Analysis Report for the Tube Azimuth Angle of the XM6 Discharger (MSGL)
Final rept. Dec 1991-May 1992
EDGEWOOD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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To achieve complete launcher smoke grenade screening, the launching tubes must be spaced to provide even coverage for the entire vehicle. A developmental grenade launcher, the XM6, is designed to be an integral part of providing complete screening for any vehicle. The initial design of the XM6 was with an intra-tube azimuth angle of 13.5 degrees. When mounted at the center of a vehicle, this spacing is ideal for 24 tubes. If the grenade launchers are mounted at the corners of a vehicle, as is the common practice, then the intra- tube azimuth angles would need to be changed. Due to the larger arc length that each discharger needs to cover, the intra-tube azimuth angles were changed to 14.5 degrees. The 14.5-degree angle was chosen based on the best coverage for a typical vehicle. Grenade, XM6, Smoke grenade, Launcher.