Ammunition Cook-Off Sensing and Prevention System.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to an ammunition cook-off sensing and prevention system which is incorporated within a Gatling-type gun and therein indexes the gun barrels so that an ammunition round always is in position under an infrared temperature sensor at the end of a firing cycle. If imminent cook-off of the round is indicated by the temperature sensor the gun is cycled at low speed until the heated ammunition rounds are removed from the high heat transfer area behind the gun barrels and replaced with cool rounds from the ammunition chute. If then necessary the cycle can be repeated. In this manner an extremely dangerous aspect of the Gatling-type gun is removed.
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