Accession Number:

ADA394394

Title:

Burst Test of the Best Buy Warhead

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 1997-Dec 2000

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The Best Buy program is a U.S. Navy development effort with the objective of gun launching a 5-in 127-mm diameter, rocket-assisted, guided projectile to a range of 100 nautical miles 184 km where the cargo will be dispensed over the target area. It is fired from the Mark 45 cannon or its improved variant. The cargo consists of 143 U.S. Army M-80 grenades. The intended target set is identical to that of the Armys M483 and M864 155-mm projectiles. The Best Buy projectiles mission is to replace the need for the U.S. Navy to emplace U.S. Marine towed artillery assets ashore in an amphibious assault. The minimum requirements for the Best Buy projectile are that it must be fired from 25 nautical miles 46 km offshore to reach targets inland by an additional 25 nautical miles. In anticipation of future range requirements, the range requirement was extended to 63 nautical miles 116 km, and 100 nautical miles 240 km is desired. This report covers Phase 1 of the warhead development program performed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL working in cooperation with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division NSWC-DD at Dahlgren, VA.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE