Insensitive Munitions Technology Transition Program Composite Case Captive Carry Qualification (C4Q)
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA
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The Composite Case Captive Carry Qualification C4Q Program was conceived to reduce the risk of employing composite materials on air-launched missiles by demonstrating that the resultant case technology is robust enough to withstand a tactical aircraft flight. This effort entails the design, the fabrication, and the ground and flight testing of a captive air training missile CATM with a composite primary structure. This configuration, which is commonly referred to as the composite blue tube, maintains the form, fit, and function of the CATM-9M with the MDU-27AA hardware and is designed to withstand the induced load and vibration environments of the FA-18CD. This program substantiates that a high degree of confidence can be placed in the composite materials intrinsic properties and provides confidence that a timely flight clearance can be obtained for a weapon that incorporates composite technology.
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Ammunition and Explosives